Who were the Suffrage Artists? lives revealed

Hosted by the LSE Library

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, United Kingdom


Elizabeth Crawford

Author and historian


Dr Helen Pankhurst

Research Fellow at LSE Department of Gender Studies

The artwork of the suffrage movement has never been so widely disseminated as today. This talk examines the artists responsible for the iconography behind the campaign.

In the hundred plus years since it was created, the artwork of the suffrage movement has never been so widely disseminated and accessible as it is today. The images that once appeared as posters in the windows of suffrage shops, or as postcards, or on banners can now be viewed on the internet and are used to sell mugs, coasters, tea towels, aprons, tote bags, fridge magnets, and brooches, the designs as appealing today as they were during the years before the First World War when the suffrage campaign was at its height. Yet most of the artists who produced such popular images remain little known.

Based on research for a new book, Art and Suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists, this illustrated talk will reveal something of their lives.

This is an event in LSE Library's series of activities marking the centenary of women getting the vote in 1918.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

Follow the debate on Twitter: #LSESuffrage18.


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