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Votes for Women

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed and printed)

  • Date:

    1910 (designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pearse, Alfred, born 1854 - died 29 (artist)
    The Women's Press (publisher)
    Spottiswoode, Dixon & Hunting Ltd. (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Ogilvy Benson & Mather Ltd.

  • Museum number:

    E.59-1973

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Suffragette poster was created in response to the Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith's suppression of the 1910 Conciliation Bill, which proposed extending the vote in Britain and Ireland to around one million wealthy, property-owning women. The design shows King George V painting the text 'We Bow to the Will of the People' onto a poster, a man wearing brown overalls and a flat-cap is painting onto the King's back, whilst a suffragette paints onto the man's back. The poster attempts to show how Asquith had gone against the will of Parliament and theirfore the people of the United Kingdom. It calls on male voters to register their protest by voting against Liberal candidates in the next election.

The Suffragettes were particularly adept at using posters to get their message across. This poster was published by the Woman's Press, who oversaw the publishing and propaganda for the Suffragettes. It was designed by Alfred Pearse, under the pseudonym 'A. Patriot', Pearse was a dedicated supporter of the campaign and designed many posters and cartoons for the Suffragettes.

Physical description

Political colour lithograph poster issued on behalf of the suffragette movement of Emmeline Pankhurst and her supporters. The design shows King George V painting text onto a poster stuck to a brick wall. A man wearing brown overalls and a flat-cap is painting another text onto the King's back, whilst a suffragette paints further text onto the man's back. Below the image are ines of text calling for voters to censure Asquith 'by voting against the liberal candidate on behalf of the Women's Social and Political Union'.

Place of Origin

London (designed and printed)

Date

1910 (designed and printed)

Artist/maker

Pearse, Alfred, born 1854 - died 29 (artist)
The Women's Press (publisher)
Spottiswoode, Dixon & Hunting Ltd. (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'A. Patriot / "With Apologies to Ripolin Ltd."'
Signed

'VOTES FOR WOMEN / ELECTORS! YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN / THE HOUSE OF COMMONS BY A MAJORITY / OF 110 VOTED FOR OUR BILL BUT / MR. ASQUITH PUT HIS VETO ON IT / THEREFORE WE CALL ON YOU / TO CENSURE MR. ASQUITH BY / VOTING AGAINST THE LIBERAL CANDIDATE / ON BEHALF OF THE WOMEN'S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION / EMMELINE PANKHURST / EMMELINE PETHICK LAWRENCE'
Text below image.

'WE BOW / TO THE / WILL / OF THE / PEOPLE'
Text on the poster being written by the King.

'THE PEERS / MUST NOT / VETO / THE WILL / OF THE COMMONS / WHO REPRESENT THE / PEOPLE'
The text being written by a man onto the King's back.

'THE PREMIER / MUST NOT / VETO / OUR BILL / WHICH IS / THE WILL / OF THE COMMONS / WHO REPRESENT / THE PEOPLE.'
The text being written by a suffragette onto the man's back.

'CONCILIATION / BILL'
Lettered on the sheet being held in the suffragette's hand

Dimensions

Height: 294 cm, Width: 196.9 cm

Object history note

This is a political poster issued on behalf of the suffragette movement of Emmeline Pankhurst and her supporters, denouncing the liberals in the general election of December 1910. Published by The Women's Press,4, Clements Inn, London W.C. Printed by Spottiswode, Dixon & Hunting Ltd, 180 Fleet Street, London E.C.

Descriptive line

'Votes for Women'. Political colour lithograph poster designed by Alfred Pearse ('A. Patriot') and issued on behalf of the suffragette movement of Emmeline Pankhurst and her supporters. Published by The Women's Press, London, 1910.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1
no.34
Haworth-Booth, Mark. Posters of a Lifetime, London : Victoria & Albert Museum, 1973

Production Note

'A. Patriot' was the pseudonym of Alfred Pearse.

Materials

Lithographic ink; Paper

Techniques

Planographic printing; Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Politics; Man; Woman; Equality; Suffragette; Poster; King

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Feminism; Politics; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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