Evelyn Manesta(born 1888), Suffragette and governess
Sitter in 3 portraits
Along with Lillian Forrester, Manesta was arrested for hammering the protective glass covers of paintings in Manchester Gallery in 1913 and sentenced to 1 month imprisonment. The attack had been a reaction to the arrest and sentencing of Emmeline Pankhurst and a radical approach by the suffragettes to highlight their campaign for women’s rights. After refusing to have their photos taken, without their knowledge or consent police took photographs of the women in prison. The photograph of Evelyn is particularly significant as it was doctored to remove the arm of a police officer around her neck to keep her still. The police began to build a file on each suffragette with photographs and surveillance reports.
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