Olive Leared (née Hockin)(1881-1936), Suffragette; Artist
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Author, artist and suffragette, Leared attended the Slade and exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society for Women Artists. She was imprisoned for four months in 1913 for bomb attacks at the home of Prime Minister, David Lloyd George. Papers with Leared's address were found at the scene of the attack and wire cutters and paraffin were later discovered at her home during a raid. In prison, she agreed not to go on hunger strike on the condition that she could continue to create art. During World War I, she became a farm labourer and recounted her experiences in the book Two Girls on the Land: Wartime on a Dartmoor Farm, published in 1918.
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