1 of 14 portraits of Emmeline Pankhurst
by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury
oil on canvas, 1927
31 in. x 24 1/4 in. (787 mm x 616 mm)
Given by Memorial Committee, 1929
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The leader of the militant movement for women's suffrage, in 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women's Social and Political Union with her daughter Christabel. Imprisoned for militant action on numerous occasions between 1908-1914, she was released after hunger-striking. During the First World War she observed the militants' truce and took little part in the campaigns leading to the first instalment of women's suffrage in 1918. Given by a Memorial Committee, 1929.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Parris, Matthew, Heroes and Villains: Scarfe at the National Portrait Gallery, 2003 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 September 2003 to 4 April 2004), p. 104
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 479
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Events of 1927back to top
Current affairsThe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, acknowledging the full independence of the Irish Free State, led at the time by W.T. Cosgrave, the the first President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State.
Art and scienceThe BBC gains its Royal Charter making it a public corporation and a public service broadcaster accountable to its audience. John Reith became the first Director General with the directive to 'inform, educate and entertain.'
InternationalStalin expels Leon Trotsky from the Soviet Communist Party, giving himself greater control of the party and country by ousting opposition elements.
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On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery