Dame Christabel Pankhurst
Dame Christabel Pankhurst
by Ethel Wright
oil on canvas, exhibited 1909
64 in. x 38 1/8 in. (1625 mm x 967 mm) overall
Bequeathed by Elizabeth Ruth Dugdale Weir, 2011
Sitterback to top
- Dame Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958), Suffragette; daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst. Sitter in 16 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Wright had been a successful academic painter in the 1890s, who later exhibited with the modernist Rhythmn Group. This work was first shown at the Women’s Exhibition, organised by the Women's Social and Political Union, in London in 1909.
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- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 205
Events of 1909back to top
Current affairsThe American retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge opens the first British custom-built department store on what was then the 'dead end' of Oxford Street. The revolutionary complex, considered the world's largest at the time, transforms shopping, offering diverse amenities including a post office and a library, and modernises the visual face of retailing through innovative window displays.
Art and scienceThe Frenchman Louis Bleriot becomes the first person to cross the English channel by aeroplane, winning the £1,000 prize offered by the Daily Mail, and greeted by cheering crowds at Dover station. Bleriot's flight also showed that England was, as H.G. Wells put it, from a military point of view 'no longer an inaccessible island'.
In dance, Alexandre Benois becomes the first artistic director of Sergey Diaghilev's innovative Ballets Russes.
InternationalThe National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is founded in America to campaign for the rights of African Americans. One of the oldest and most influential civil rights movements, it was founded by a diverse group of individuals from mixed backgrounds, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida Wells-Barnett, Henry Moscowitz and William English Walling.
The Selig Polyscope company sets up the first film studio in Los Angeles.
Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.
William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.
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