Photograph of Emily Davison


This photograph of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison was released after her death in 1913. At the Epsom Derby in June 1913, she threw herself in front of the King's horse, which knocked her down. She died of her injuries four days later without ever regaining consciousness. Her intentions are unknown.

Yet the act, which assured her prominence within suffragette history, was not solitary. Since joining the WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union) in 1906 her militant actions included arson, assault and obstruction – many of which bought her jail time. While imprisoned, Davison went on hunger strike and suffered forcible feeding and solitary confinement.

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Emily Wilding Davison, 1909.
c. 1909
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