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Florence Eliza Haig

(1855-1952), Painter and suffragette

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Artist and Suffragette, Florence joined the Women's Social and Political Union and founded an Edinburgh branch with her sister Evelyn in 1907. The painter was arrested and imprisoned for six weeks following the 'pantechnicon raid' of 11th February 1908. Drawing comparisons with the myth of the Trojan Horse, during the raid, a van entered the grounds of the House of Commons filled with campaigners who jumped attempting to gain entry into the Commons. In 1912, Florence was given a four month sentence for smashing windows during the window smashing campaign on Oxford Street. After going on hunger strike in protest, she was released four days later. In 1934 she became a member of the Society of Women Artists.

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John Tyndall, by Henry Dixon & Son, after  Florence Eliza Haig - NPG D39602

John Tyndall

by Henry Dixon & Son, after Florence Eliza Haig
photograph of pastel, circa 1893-1910
NPG D39602

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Nicholas Wightwick

11 April 2016, 09:36

Florence Haig was my great aunt. At the end of her life she lived in a mansion flat off Maida Vale with her sister Eva. In our family house there are several portraits of other family members painted by her. We only have sketchy details of her activities in the Women's' Suffrage movement but she and her sister and several other cousins were closely involved. She made a living as a portrait painter and was very successful. Apart from family members whom, presumably, she did not charge I have not seen any other examples of her work. Her sister, Eva, painted portrait miniatures and was also very accomplished.

Janice Helland

13 January 2016, 17:36

Dates for Florence E. Haig 1855-1952. Florence Eliza Haig was born in Marylebone, London in 1855; she died in London in 1952. Painted in Scotland. Birth/death information obtained from the Record Office. She lived in Edinburgh off and on with relatives on her mother's side of the family.

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