Clemence and Laurence Housman go to London to study art

Wood-engraved initial showing wood engraver at work

While Laurence focused on drawing, Clemence Housman studied wood engraving at Miller’s Lane City and Guilds School in South Lambeth.  Clemence learned engraving in a segregated classroom for women taught by Charles Roberts, a skilled engraver; Roberts also taught the craft to Charles Ricketts, Charles Shannon, and T. Sturge Moore in a class for male students. It was while she was a student that Clemence invented the story of The Were-Wolf, telling it to the women in her wood-engraving class to entertain them while they worked.

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