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Henry Fawcett; Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (née Garrett)

1 of 13 portraits of Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (née Garrett)

Henry Fawcett; Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (née Garrett), by Ford Madox Brown, 1872 - NPG 1603 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Fawcett; Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (née Garrett)

by Ford Madox Brown
oil on canvas, 1872
42 3/4 in. x 33 in. (1086 mm x 838 mm)
Bequeathed by Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Bt, 1911
Primary Collection
NPG 1603

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  • Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893), Painter and designer. Artist associated with 13 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Henry Fawcett, who was blinded in a shooting accident in 1858, had a distinguished career as professor of political economy at Cambridge, (1863-84), and as a Member of Parliament. He was active in the passing of the 1867 Reform Bill and was particularly concerned with the position of women in employment. In this intimate portrait by Ford Madox Brown, Fawcett is seen together with his wife Millicent Garrett Fawcett, and appears to be dictating to her. A leading feminist, she was an active campaigner for women's suffrage and joined the first women's suffrage committee in 1867, the year of her marriage. In 1897 she became president of the influential National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, which opposed the more militant suffragettes active in the early 1900s. She retired from the presidency after women gained their first, restricted, voting rights in 1918.

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