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Dame Christabel Pankhurst

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Dame Christabel Pankhurst, by Richard George Mathews, 1908 - NPG 6904 - © estate of Richard George Mathews / National Portrait Gallery, London

© estate of Richard George Mathews / National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Christabel Pankhurst

by Richard George Mathews
charcoal and chalk, 1908
16 3/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. (417 mm x 298 mm)
Purchased, 2011
Primary Collection
NPG 6904

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In 1908, when this portrait was made, Christabel Pankhurst is considered to have been at her most powerful as an accomplished orator, attracting a growing group of devoted followers amongst women of all classes as well as many male supporters. The accompanying text in the Bystander, echoing the sentiments of hero-worship often inspired by Christabel Pankhurst, referred to her popularity and prettiness. It proclaimed her a 'Boadicea of Politics', who 'chiefly fascinates by a clever combination in one small body of all the wiles of woman with some of the mind of man.'

For information on the original purpose of the portrait and on its acquisition by the National Portrait Gallery, see Chasing the suffragettes: A Boadicea of Politics.

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