Annie Louisa Swynnerton

Dame Millicent Fawcett, C.B.E., LL.D.

exhibited 1930

Artist
Annie Louisa Swynnerton 1844–1933
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 827 x 740 x 20 mm
frame: 1120 x 1030 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1930
Reference
N04545

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In 1922 Annie Swynnerton became the first woman to be elected member of the Royal Academy of Arts since its founding in 1768. She was a passionate campaigner for women’s suffrage and painted portraits of several of the movement's leading figures.

Millicent Garrett Fawcett, leader of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, was instrumental in gaining British women over 30 the vote in 1918. She was present in Parliament in 1928 to see the passing of the act that granted women the same voting rights as men.

Gallery label, January 2018

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