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Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928), Militant suffragette

Sitter in 14 portraits
Leader of the militant wing of the suffragists' movement for the enfranchisement of women, Emmeline founded the Women's Social and Political Union with her eldest daughter Christabel in 1903. Another daughter, Sylvia, designed the members' card and painted the 'Votes for Women' banners. All of them were imprisoned in Holloway Prison on numerous occasions between 1908 and 1913, and released after hunger strikes. During the war Emmeline and Christabel observed the militants' truce. Partial enfranchisement came in 1918 to men aged twenty-one and women over the age of thirty, after a war that had relied on women to fill the place of men at work. Universal suffrage had to wait another decade.

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Emmeline Pankhurst

by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury
oil on canvas, 1927
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2360


Suffragette committee meeting

for Daily Mirror
bromide press print, 1906
NPG x139878


Emmeline Pankhurst

by Lena Connell (later Beatrice Cundy)
toned bromide postcard print, circa 1907
NPG x136722


Emmeline Pankhurst

by Elliott & Fry, copied by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, copied 9 June 1965 (circa 1910)
NPG x176282


Emmeline Pankhurst

by Underwood & Underwood
vintage print, 1910s
NPG x194159


Emmeline Pankhurst

by Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston)
bromide print, 1910s
NPG x6194


Elizabeth Garrett Anderson; Emmeline Pankhurst

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 18 November 1910
NPG x32106


Emmeline Pankhurst

by Wilfred Dennis Moss
bromide postcard print, 1911
NPG x46491


Emmeline Pankhurst

by Daily Mirror
bromide press print, 11 October 1913
NPG x32604


Emmeline Pankhurst's arrest at Buckingham Palace

by Central Press
vintage print, 21 May 1914
NPG x137688


Emmeline Pankhurst's arrest at Buckingham Palace

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 21 May 1914
NPG x137689


Emmeline Pankhurst

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
sepia-toned platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1920s
NPG x4332


Emmeline Pankhurst

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
sepia-toned platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1920s
NPG x6195

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