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Flora Drummond, 1879 - 1949. Suffragette
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Flora Drummond, 1879 - 1949. Suffragette 1936

On Display PORTRAIT GALLERY

  • Scottish Art
A telegraphist from Arran, Flora Drummond became one of the few working-class leaders of the Women's Social and Political Union - a group founded by Emmeline Pankhurst to campaign for female suffrage. Nicknamed 'The General', Flora marshalled huge demonstrations in London and Edinburgh, riding at the head in quasi-military uniform. In 1936 she was presented with this portrait by former suffragettes. She wears a pendant and a ribbon in the suffragette colours of green, white and violet, symbolising hope, purity and dignity — and spelling out the initial letters of Give Women Votes.

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Commission

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Royal Academy

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Commission, Royal Academy

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 2229
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 112.00 x 86.30 cm (framed: 134.00 x 108.30 x 7.00cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1974