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The Suffragette 1d Weekly

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (issued)

  • Date:

    c.1914 (issued)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dallas, Hilda (artist)
    W.S.P.U. (Women's Social and Political Union) (issuer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour lithograph print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss A.E. Norris

  • Museum number:

    E.648-1972

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2E, shelf DR77

‘The Suffragette’ was the weekly newspaper of the Woman's Social and Political Union (WSPU), the leading militant organisation campaigning for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom. This wood block printed advertisement was designed by Hilda Dallas and features the patron saint of the Suffragettes, Joan of Arc carrying the banner of the WSPU.

Dallas was a member of the Suffrage Atelier, which was formed in 1909 to encourage artists to promote 'the enfranchisement of women, by means of pictorial publication'. Its activities also included training non-professional artists in printing techniques. The low cost, low tech method of wood block printing, as used in this poster, was cheap, quick and easy to learn.

The image of Joan of Arc reflects the increasingly violent strategies used by the WSPU just before the outbreak of the First World War. The newspaper was previously called 'Votes for Women' but was renamed 'The Suffragette' after Christabel Pankhurst, a leading member of the WSPU expelled the paper's editors and financier's Frederick and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence because of their objection to the WSPU’s violent tactics.

Physical description

'The Suffragette 1d Weekly'. Colour lithograph poster advertising the periodical edited by Christabel Pankhurst for the W.S.P.U. (Women’s Social and Political Union). Signed.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (issued)

Date

c.1914 (issued)

Artist/maker

Dallas, Hilda (artist)
W.S.P.U. (Women's Social and Political Union) (issuer)

Materials and Techniques

colour lithograph print

Marks and inscriptions

Signed.

Dimensions

Height: 50.5 cm, Width: 75.3 cm

Descriptive line

'The Suffragette 1d Weekly'. Colour lithograph poster advertising the periodical edited by Christabel Pankhurst for the W.S.P.U. (Women’s Social and Political Union). Design by Hilda Dallas. Great Britain. c.1914.

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

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Colour lithography

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Propaganda; Politics; Feminism; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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