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Lawrence Housman, 1865-1959

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1865
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Date of Death: 1959
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Lawrence Housman was an illustrator and author.


The son of a solicitor, Houseman studied art at the Lambeth School of Art, and later at South Kensington. He led an impoverished existence as an artist and later turned to writing and criticism. In 1895 he was appointed art critic of the Manchester Guardian, a position he held for sixteen years. Alongside this regular income he published poetry (Green Arras in 1896 and Spikenard in 1898) and wrote plays with moderate success. In the late 1890s he was involved in the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers when JW was President.

Bibliography: (accessed 2003); Dictionary of National Biography, on-line edition (accessed 6 August 2004).