Suffragettes after the Fight

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The scene depicts four unknown women and three unknown policemen.

Whilst the individuals in this photograph and the circumstances have not yet been identified, it is likely to depict members of the WSPU during the aftermath of an act of militancy. The repeated refusal by Prime Minister Asquith to debate women’s suffrage in parliament meant that, by 1913, the actions of suffragettes were increasingly desperate and included the destruction of property, arson and bombing, attacking art treasures, large-scale window smashing and the cutting of telegraph wires. These acts were divisive; whilst generating publicity, they alienated many sympathisers and strengthened opposition. Most suffragettes suspended their activities during the First World War in favour of the war effort.

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Suffragettes after the Fight




vintage print


H 15.4 x W 19.7 cm

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purchased, 1989

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