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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917), Physician
Sitter in 7 portraits
Physician, born in London and brought up in Aldeburgh, Suffolk (the sister of Millicent Fawcett). Despite opposition to the admission of women to medical education, qualified as the first English woman doctor in 1865. In 1866 she established a dispensary for women in London which became the New Hospital of Women in 1871 where she instituted medical courses for women. Her advice to students included 'the first thing women must learn is to dress like ladies and behave like gentlemen'. In 1883 she was appointed Dean of the London School of Medicine for Women (later the Royal Free). A pioneer for women's rights, in 1908 she was elected Mayor of Aldeburgh, becoming the first female mayor in England.