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Evelyn Jane Sharp (Mrs H.W. Nevinson)

(1869-1955), Children's writer and suffragette; second wife of Henry Woodd Nevinson

Sitter in 2 portraits
Sharp joined the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) after hearing a speech given by actress Elizabeth Robins in 1906. A Militant suffragette, she was imprisoned in Holloway several times for protesting. The writer was able to draw upon her journalism experience to inform and influence a largely male readership with articles and short stories on women's suffrage in the Manchester Guardian as well as editing women's suffrage journal Votes for Women. The sister of Cecil Sharp, her children's books are remembered for subverting the traditional fairy tale genre. In 1933, she married fellow journalist Henry Wood Nevinson, whom she had become close to through their shared pursuit of social justice.

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Evelyn Jane Sharp (Mrs H.W. Nevinson), by Elliott & Fry - NPG x91381

Evelyn Jane Sharp (Mrs H.W. Nevinson)

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1940s
NPG x91381

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