Sunday, July 24, 2011

Suffragette Banners

via mary evens picture library
“The Women’s Library, part of London Metropolitan University, hold the most extensive collection of women’s history in the UK. The latest selection includes a large number of designs for suffrage banners by renowned stained-glass and poster artist Mary Lowndes. Deeply committed to the suffragette cause, in 1907 Lowndes formed the Artists’ Suffrage League which went on to create much of the promotional material for the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. As chair, Lowndes contributed many designs for posters, banners and cards. Her watercolour banner sketches are notable for their use of luminous colour revealing the influence of Lowndes’s training in stained-glass. We also have images of a number of finished, sewn banners based on Lowndes’s designs.”
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