Laurence HOUSMAN 1865–1959
Writer and illustrator. Born 18 July 1865 at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, brother of A. E. Housman. Studied at Lambeth School of Art from 1883 and the R.C.A. Illustrated Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, The Sensitive Plant by Shelley, etc., and worked for the Universal Review. Turned gradually from art to literature, but illustrated his own fairy-tales and poems. Began writing plays 1902, the best known of which are Little Plays of St Francis 1922, and Victoria Regina 1937. Died at Glastonbury 20 February 1959.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I