Mary Sargant-Florence(1857-1954), Artist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Working in fresco and with tempera, Sargant-Florence was an artist and suffragette who created banners and badgers for the women's suffrage campaign. At the Slade School of Art she studied under the painter Alphonse Legros and became a member of the New English Art Club and Society of Painters in Tempera. After moving to America, she unexpectedly became a widower and experienced firsthand the discrimination endured by women, as she struggled to have her British nationality restored on her return to the UK. After founding the Women's Tax Resistant League, she published a book on militarism and feminism. One of her best known paintings shows her children Alix Strachey and Philip Florence painted in tempera, engrossed in a game of chess.
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