Laurence Housman(1865-1959), Writer and artist
Sitter in 35 portraits
Born in Worcestershire Laurence was the younger brother of the poet A. E. Housman. His first career was as a book illustrator working in an Art Nouveau style. He achieved success with his novel An Englishwoman's Love-letters (1900), before writing dramas such as Little Plays of St Francis (1922), Angels and Ministers (1921) and Victoria Regina (1937). Housman, circumvented theatrical censorship (owing to the representation of certain biblical characters and living Royals) by having his plays, considered scandalous at the time, produced privately until the censorship was relaxed. He was a committed socialist and pacifist and co-founded the Men's League for Women's Suffrage in 1907.