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1900
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Women's Suffragette movement begins

In 1903 frustrated by the apparent public indifference to the cause of women's suffrage (the right to vote) Emmeline Pankhurst was persuaded to found the Women's Social and Political Union. The women suffragettes became increasingly militant in their efforts to promote their cause. Direct action included an infamous axe attack on the Velasquez painting, 'the Rokeby Venus' in the National Gallery on 10 March 1914. In July of that year Annie Hunt a women described in contemporary newspaper accounts as, 'of refined appearance and very respectably dressed' took a butcher's cleaver to the National Portrait Gallery's portrait of Thomas Carlyle by Millais. These identification portraits of, 'known militant suffragettes' with their typed descriptions were issued by the police and distributed to the National Portrait's Gallery warding staff in an effort to protect the Gallery's collection from further attacks.

Two sheets of identification pictures of 'known militant suffragettes'.
Criminal Record Office memorandum
24 April 1914 - Richardsonwilson
16 May 1914 - Aldhamcox


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