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Sylvia Pankhurst by Katy Norris /// #1

Sylvia Pankhurst by Katy Norris /// #1

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"'A woman was turning the wheel for the thrower, a woman was treading the lathe for the turner,' Pankhurst recounted: 'each was employed by the man she toiled for - the slave of a slave, I thought!"'

The daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst (who would become one of the most recognised names in the British women’s suffrage movement) Sylvia Pankhurst was raised in a socialist household and sought to lead a creative life. Through her portraits of women without the right to vote at work in the factories, as well as her designs for badges, banners, murals and even tea -sets, her artistic endeavours furthered the argument for universal equal rights.

Brought together for the first time in this slim volume, Pankhurst’s artistic output offers a new visual understanding of the modern women’s movement and offers a fresh critical guide to British social history.

Book Details
64 page hardback with 30+ colour illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-9160416-0-8
Published by Eiderdown Books, September 2019

About the author
Katy Norris is an independent scholar and researcher and is an expert in Edwardian women artists. She is currently working as a postgraduate researcher in partnership with Tate and Bristol University on a collaborative Doctoral Award. Previously, she held the position of Curator at Pallant House Gallery, a leading museum of modern art in the UK. Katy read History of Art at the University of Warwick and the Courtauld Institute of Art and has curated exhibitions on various themes in Modern British art. Her publications include Sickert in Dieppe (2015) and Christopher Wood (2016).

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