February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time. Although this act did not give all adult women the right to vote it was a huge success for the suffrage movement and sparked a number of acts that would contribute towards the balance of power between men and women.
Look out for some special events highlighting this significant date throughout the year.
To mark the centenary of women’s right to vote, a special collection of drawings by a group of women artists who studied together at the Slade School in London, as well as works by Dame Laura Knight RA, Sylvia Gosse and Evelyn Dunbar will be on display in drawers in the Modern Art Gallery for the next six months.
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A SELECTION OF ARTWORKS BY WOMEN FROM OUR COLLECTION
My Favourite Picture of my works by Julia Margaret Cameron
Julia Margaret Cameron was well known for her soft focused portrait photography which was greatly admired by the Pre-Raphaelites. Her subject here was her niece Julia Jackson (mother of Vanessa Bell, Bloomsbury Group artist and Virginia Woolf, writer of some of the most recognised feminist literature). Not on display.
Bust portrait of Prince Henry Lubomirski in the character of Bacchus by Anne Seymour Damer
Anne Seymour Damer was an English sculptor from the 18th and 19th century, she predominantly made busts in the Neoclassical style for friends and colleagues like Lady Melbourne, Nelson, George III, Mary Berry and Charles James Fox.
Copy of a wall painting from the Queen Nefertari's tomb by Nina de Garis Davies
Nina de Garis Davies was an Egyptologist who, along with her husband Norman, would record paintings from egyptian tombs. They would trace the artwork using a technique that enabled nearly exact brushstroke and colour reproduction. Not on display.
Time the Physician by Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale
Refered to as the Last Pre-Raphealite Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale had a successful career in painting and design. She becme a member of the Royal Academy in 1896 and went on to become a teacher at John Byam Liston Shaw's art school in 1911. Not on display.
Talisman II by Barbara Hepworth
Barbara Hepworth was one of the few female artists of her generation to achieve international fame, her work epitomized Modernism especially in the field of sculpture. Currently on display in the Modern Art Gallery.
Seated Girl by Gwen John
Gwen John trained at the Slade School of Art from 1895-1898. Despite the fact she was overshadowed by her brother's artistic career during her lifetime, she is currently regarded the more talented of the two. Her brother even predicted this change of opinion saying "In 50 years' time I will be known as the brother of Gwen John." Her work is currently on display amongst other female Slade graduates in the Modern Art Gallery.
A 'Forest Floor' Still life of Flowers by Rachel Ruysch
Rachel Ruysch was the best reported female painter of the Dutch Golden Age, most commonly known for her still lifes of flowers. Ruysch was painting throughout her life, from the age of 15 to 83 she produced over 250 works. On display in the Still Life Paintings Gallery.
Cloister Lillies by Marie Spartali Stillman
Marie Spartali Stillman was a British Pre-Raphealite painter, thought of as one of the most successful female artists of the movement. Her subjects were typical of the Pre-Raphaelite movement usually depicting women from Shakespeare, Petrarch, Dante and Boccaccio. Not on display.
Watching Pines in the Nightfall by Fang Zhaoling
Fang Zhaoling was a Chinese painter and calligrapher born in Wuxi, Jiangsu. She studied under great artists like Zhang Daqian and attended both the University of Hong Kong and Oxford University. Not on display.