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Elizabeth Robins

(1862-1952), Actress, playwright, novelist and suffragist; wife of George Richmond Parkes

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in the United States, Robins pursued a career in acting from a young age after watching a production of Hamlet aged 14. She moved to London in 1888, determined to find work in 'women's plays' and act in productions of Henrik Ibsen's work. She began to write under the pseudonym C. E. Raimond and adapted her novel The Convert for the stage as the play Votes for Women, one of the first plays to explore the women's suffrage movement. She became a member of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Society, the Women's Social and Political Union and the Actresses' Franchise League. Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence asked her to become a contributor to the weekly political magazine Time and Tide and she continued to explore sexual inequality in her fiction and nonfiction writing.

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Elizabeth Robins, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1700(66c)

Elizabeth Robins

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1902 or before
NPG P1700(66c)

Elizabeth Robins, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax16168

Elizabeth Robins

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG Ax16168

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