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Agnes Garrett

(1845-1935), Interior designer and suffragist

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Garrett established the first interior design business run by women, working with her cousin Rhoda Garrett. Initially intending to train as architects, the cousins tried for several years to become apprentices, being taken on by the architect J.M. Brydon in 1871. The Garrett’s business included designing furniture and wallpapers aimed at middle-class customers with modest incomes, and they ran a school of interior design. With her sisters Elizabeth and Millicent, Agnes Garrett actively campaigned for votes for women, and with Rhoda joined the central committee of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage in 1871.

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Agnes Garrett, by Olive Edis - NPG x16323

Agnes Garrett

by Olive Edis
platinum print on card mount, 1900s
On display in the Room 25 wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x16323

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