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Portraits of Mary Raleigh Richardson; Lilian Lenton; Kitty Marion (Katherina Maria Schafer); Lillian Forrester; Miss Johansen; Clara Elizabeth Giveen; Jennie Baines; Miriam Pratt.
While the surveillance photograph lacks any of the understanding between artist and sitter necessary in a portrait, the images are themselves striking and sometimes unintentionally heroic. Of those included, Gertrude Ansell (1861–1932) (below, bottom row, second left), a professional typist, attacked Hubert Herkomer’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington at the Royal Academy and was forcibly fed 236 times. The music-hall actress Kitty Marion is the only subject represented with a professional portrait photograph (above, top row, third right). Imprisoned seven times, her autobiography is a valuable account by a ‘foot soldier’ of the suffrage movement.
Surveillance Photograph of Militant Suffragettes
bromide print mounted onto identification sheet
H 17.4 x W 21 cm
acquired from Criminal Record Office, 1914