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Suffragettes and Suffragists


94 People in sitter grouping:

The women's suffrage movement grew out of a demand for women to be part of the electoral process and have the same rights to vote as men. The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies was founded by Millicent Garrett Fawcett in 1897. This national, suffragist organization, promoted peaceful protest and allowed men to join. In 1903, Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia founded the Women's Social and Political Union. Taking a more militant approach, the suffragettes demonstrated and were often arrested, where the tactic of hunger strike was often employed. This led to the 'Cat and Mouse Act', when officials could wait until prisoners had nearly died from starvation before releasing them, often to be re-arrested for a petty offence soon after. For the suffragettes, the beginning of World War I saw an end to the hunger strikes and a shift to focus on the war effort. The attention of the suffragists was split during the war with many focusing their efforts on a demand for pacifism. The Representation of the People's Act was passed in 1918, entitling women over the age of 30 who also met specific property requirements, the right to vote. On July 2 1928, this act was extended to include women over the age of 21.

Mary Sophia Allen

Mary Sophia Allen

1878-1964
Founder and Commandant of Women Police in London
Sitter in 2 portraits
Annie Besant (née Wood)

Annie Besant (née Wood)

1847-1933
Socialist, theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule
Sitter in 4 portraits
Josephine Butler

Josephine Butler

1828-1906
Social reformer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Rosalind Frances (née Stanley), Countess of Carlisle

Rosalind Frances (née Stanley), Countess of Carlisle

1845-1921
Promoter of women's political rights and of temperance reform; wife of 9th Earl of Carlisle; daughter of 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley
Sitter in 5 portraits
Emily Wilding Davison

Emily Wilding Davison

1872-1913
Suffragette
Sitter associated with 2 portraits
Charlotte Despard (née French)

Charlotte Despard (née French)

1844-1939
Suffragette and social worker
Sitter in 9 portraits
Dame Millicent Fawcett

Dame Millicent Fawcett

1847-1929
Leader of the constitutional women's suffrage movement and author
Sitter in 14 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Ruth Gollancz (née Lowy)

1892-1973
Artist; wife of Victor Gollancz
Artist of 1 portrait
Annie Kenney

Annie Kenney

1879-1953
Militant suffragette
Sitter in 2 portraits
Margaret McMillan

Margaret McMillan

1860-1931
Educationalist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Dame Christabel Pankhurst

Dame Christabel Pankhurst

1880-1958
Militant suffragette; daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst
Sitter in 16 portraits
Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst

1858-1928
Militant suffragette
Sitter in 15 portraits
Sylvia Pankhurst

Sylvia Pankhurst

1882-1960
Militant suffragette; daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst
Sitter in 19 portraits | Artist of 3 portraits
Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence, 1st Baron Pethick-Lawrence

Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence, 1st Baron Pethick-Lawrence

1871-1961
Women's suffragist and Labour politician; MP for Leicester West and Edinburgh East and Secretary of State for India and Burma
Sitter in 17 portraits
Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

1867-1954
Suffragette; treasurer of the Women's Social and Politicial Union
Sitter in 8 portraits
Evelyn Jane Sharp (Mrs H.W. Nevinson)

Evelyn Jane Sharp (Mrs H.W. Nevinson)

1869-1955
Children's writer and suffragette; second wife of Henry Woodd Nevinson
Sitter in 2 portraits
Dame Ethel Mary Smyth

Dame Ethel Mary Smyth

1858-1944
Composer, writer and suffragette
Sitter in 26 portraits
Pippa Strachey

Pippa Strachey

1872-1968
Suffragist
Sitter in 43 portraits
Ray Strachey

Ray Strachey

1887-1940
Feminist activist, artist and writer
Sitter in 64 portraits | Artist associated with 99 portraits
Mary A. Aldham

Mary A. Aldham

active 1910s
Suffragette
Sitter in 1 portrait
Katherine Louisa (née Stanley), Viscountess Amberley

Katherine Louisa (née Stanley), Viscountess Amberley

1842-1874
Suffragist; wife of John Russell Amberley, Viscount Amberley; daughter of 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Gertrude Mary Ansell

Gertrude Mary Ansell

1861-1932
Suffragette and member of the Fabian Women's Group
Sitter in 2 portraits
Helen Alexander Archdale (née Russell)

Helen Alexander Archdale (née Russell)

1876-1949
Journalist; Suffragette
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jennie Baines

Jennie Baines

1866-1951
Militant suffragette
Sitter in 2 portraits
Lady Frances Balfour (née Campbell)

Lady Frances Balfour (née Campbell)

1858-1931
Churchwoman, suffragist and author; wife of Eustace James Anthony Balfour; daughter of 8th Duke of Argyll
Sitter in 4 portraits
Anna Maria Heywood (née Denman), Lady Barlow

Anna Maria Heywood (née Denman), Lady Barlow

1873-1965
Liberal politician and welfare reformer; wife of Sir John Emmott Barlow; sister of 3rd Baron Denman
Sitter in 3 portraits
Annie Bell

Annie Bell

born 1874
Suffragette
Sitter in 2 portraits
Florence Nightingale Harrison Bell

Florence Nightingale Harrison Bell

1865-1948
Royal Commissioner on National Health Insurance; Suffragette
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sarah Benett

Sarah Benett

1850-1924
Suffragette; Treasurer of the Women's Freedom League
Sitter in 1 portrait
Teresa Mary Billington-Greig

Teresa Mary Billington-Greig

1876-1964
Suffragette and political theorist; wife of Frederick Lewis Greig; daughter of William Billington
Sitter in 1 portrait
Maud Mary Brindley

Maud Mary Brindley

born 1866
Suffragette
Sitter in 2 portraits
Amy Katherine Browning

Amy Katherine Browning

1881-1978
Painter; wife of Thomas Cantrell Dugdale
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sophie Bryant (née Willock)

Sophie Bryant (née Willock)

1850-1922
Educationalist; Irish patriot; suffragist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Lady Constance Georgina Bulwer-Lytton

Lady Constance Georgina Bulwer-Lytton

1869-1923
Suffragette; daughter of 1st Earl of Lytton
Sitter in 7 portraits
Adeline Mary Chapman (née Chapman)

Adeline Mary Chapman (née Chapman)

died 1931
Suffragette; former wife of Arthur Edward Guest, and later wife of Cecil Maurice Chapman; daughter of David Barclay Chapman
Sitter in 2 portraits
(Julia Sarah) Anne Cobden-Sanderson

(Julia Sarah) Anne Cobden-Sanderson

1866-1926
Socialist and suffragette
Sitter in 8 portraits
(Emma) Jane Catherine Cobden Unwin

(Emma) Jane Catherine Cobden Unwin

1851-1947
Suffragist and radical
Sitter in 5 portraits
Dame Kathleen D'Olier Courtney

Dame Kathleen D'Olier Courtney

1878-1974
Suffragist and peace campaigner and Joint President of United Nations Association
Sitter in 2 portraits
Ethel Cox

Ethel Cox

active 1910s
Suffragette
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edith Ailsa Geraldine Craig

Edith Ailsa Geraldine Craig

1869-1947
Actress, theatre director, producer and set and costume designer; daughter of Ellen Terry
Sitter in 4 portraits
Maye Dilke

Maye Dilke

1857-1903
Campaigner for women's rights
Sitter in 2 portraits
Barbara Drake (née Meinertzhagen)

Barbara Drake (née Meinertzhagen)

1876-1963
Political activist and writer; daughter of Daniel Meinertzhagen VI and niece of Beatrice Webb
Sitter associated with 5 portraits
Florence Flora Drummond

Florence Flora Drummond

1869-1949
'General Drummond'; Scottish suffragette
Sitter in 3 portraits
Grace Ellison

Grace Ellison

died 1935
Journalist and suffragette
Sitter in 1 portrait
(Josephine) Letitia Denny Fairfield

(Josephine) Letitia Denny Fairfield

1885-1978
Public health physician and campaigner for social reform
Sitter in 4 portraits
Lillian Forrester

Lillian Forrester

born 1880
Militant suffragette
Sitter in 3 portraits
Agnes Garrett

Agnes Garrett

1845-1935
Interior designer and suffragist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Clara Elizabeth Giveen

Clara Elizabeth Giveen

born 1887
Militant suffragette
Sitter in 2 portraits
Eva Selina Gore-Booth

Eva Selina Gore-Booth

1870-1926
Suffragist and poet
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sarah Grand (Frances Elizabeth Bellenden McFall, née Clarke)

Sarah Grand (Frances Elizabeth Bellenden McFall, née Clarke)

1854-1943
Novelist and women's rights campaigner
Sitter in 3 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Florence Eliza Haig

1855-1952
Painter and suffragette
Artist associated with 1 portrait
Cicely Mary Hamilton (née Hammill)

Cicely Mary Hamilton (née Hammill)

1872-1952
Writer and suffragette
Sitter in 3 portraits
Beatrice Harraden

Beatrice Harraden

1864-1936
Novelist and suffragette
Sitter in 1 portrait
Bessie Hatton

Bessie Hatton

active 1886-1899
Actress; novelist; journalist and suffrage campaigner; Founder of the Women Writers' Suffrage League
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Anne Elizabeth Helme

1874-1963
Suffragist, Justice of the Peace and first female Mayor of Lancaster
Sitter in 1 portrait
Lilian Hicks

Lilian Hicks

1853-1924
Suffragette
Sitter in 1 portrait
Winifred Raven Holiday

Winifred Raven Holiday

1866-1949
Violinist and suffragette
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jessie Holliday

Jessie Holliday

1884-1915
Artist and suffragette; wife of Edmund T. Dana; daughter of Henry Holliday
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist associated with 5 portraits
Marion Holmes (née Milner)

Marion Holmes (née Milner)

1867-1943
Suffragette
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edith How-Martyn

Edith How-Martyn

1875-1954
Suffragist and advocate of birth control; wife of George Herbert Martyn; daughter of Edwin How
Sitter in 1 portrait