Emmeline Pankhurst's arrest at Buckingham Palace

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Emmeline Pankhurst's arrest at Buckingham Palace, by Unknown photographer, 21 May 1914 - NPG x137689 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Emmeline Pankhurst's arrest at Buckingham Palace

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 21 May 1914
6 in. x 8 1/8 in. (153 mm x 205 mm) image size
Purchased, 2013
Photographs Collection
NPG x137689


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On 21 May, Emmeline Pankhurst, out of prison on licence, led a deputation of 200 women to Buckingham Palace. Watched by large crowds, they were met by 2000 police officers, some of whom were mounted. Amid violent scenes, over sixty people were arrested. A version of this photograph, which shows a frail Emmeline Pankhurst struggling in the arms of a police officer named Inspector Rolfe (1863–1914), was widely reproduced. Pankhurst was immediately returned to Holloway Prison. Outraged at their brutal treatment that day, Suffragettes enacted reprisal attacks which included the smashing of a glass case in the British Museum.

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