Cartoon captioned 'Magna Carta' in publication 'Votes for Women'

Description

Established in 1907, Votes for Women was the official newspaper of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), which campaigned for women’s suffrage in Britain. The issue for 27 January 1911 depicted the barons presenting Magna Carta to King John, with an accompanying essay outlining ‘How Militant Methods Won the Great Charter’. By claiming Magna Carta to be the product of aggression, both the artist Alfred Pearse (1855-1933; under the pseudonym ‘A Patriot’) and essayist Joseph Clayton legitimised the suffragettes’ increasing use of direct action. The front page image of King John was pasted into this scrapbook owned by the suffragette, Maud Arncliffe Sennett (1862-1936). 11 months later, Sennett herself was prosecuted for breaking the windows of the offices of the Daily Mail, because the newspaper had failed to report the holding of a WSPU rally.

Full title:
Cartoon captioned “Magna Carta” in Votes for Women, vol. iv (new series), no. 151 (27 January 1911)
Published:
27 January 1911
Format:
Illustration
Held by:
British Library
Shelfmark:
C.121.g.1 (Arncliffe Sennett Collection, vol. 13)

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