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Suffragette March in Hyde Park

by Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston)
cream-toned velox print, 23 July 1910
4 1/2 in. x 5 5/8 in. in. (113 mm x 144 mm)
Given by Winifred Margaret Broom, 1940
Photographs Collection
NPG x17396

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(Left to right:) Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, Christabel and Sylvia Pankhurst and Emily Davison were key members of the Women's Social and Political Union. This photograph was taken at a public demonstration jointly organised by the WSPU and the Women's Freedom League. Two spectacular processions including contingents of nurses, teachers, chemists and actresses converged in Hyde Park and drew thousands of spectators.

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  • Pepper, Terence, High Society: Photographs 1897-1914, 1998 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 January to 21 June 1998), p. 37 Read entry

    From left to right are Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence (1867-1954), Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958), Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960) and Emily Wilding Davison (1872-1913). Davison, the most famous militant suffragette, gave up a teaching post and served nine prison sentences for a wide range of offences, including stone throwing, window smashing, setting pillar poxes alight and assaulting a Baptist minister she mistook for Lloyd George. In 1913 she tried to stop the king’s horse at the Derby by running on to the course and was killed.

  • Rolley, Katrina; Aish, Caroline, Fashion in Photographs 1900-1920, 1992, p. 94
  • Schama, Simon, The Face of Britain: The Nation Through its Portraits, 2015-09-15, p. 515

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Current affairs

George V succeeds Edward VII to the throne.
The Liberals win narrow victories after calling two General Elections following escalating tension between the Liberal administration and the Lords reached crisis point with the Lords' unprecedented rejection of Lloyd George's 1909 budget. The budget included tax reform intended to fund social reform and a rearmament programme, but was seen by the Conservative Lords as an assault on property.

Art and science

The critic and Bloomsbury group member Roger Fry curates a ground-breaking and, at the time, shocking exhibition in London's Grafton Galleries, Manet and the Post-Impressionists. The exhibition introduces the work of contemporary European artists to the London art establishment, including Manet, Cezanne, Gaugin and Van Gogh, and Fry became a champion of modern art, coining the term 'Post-Impressionism'.

International

Japan annexes Korea as a colony, an indication of Japan's ambitious imperialist aims and attempts to control trade and influence in East Asia. Japanese occupation of Korea lasted until 1945, after Japan surrendered to the Allied forces at the end of the Second World War and Korea was divided in two by the United States and the Soviet Union.

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