Celebrating a Courtauld Suffragette on the Centenary of the Representation of the People Act, 1918
Today marks one hundred years since parliament passed the act that would allow all men and the first women to vote. To mark this important date, The Courtauld Institute of Art is proudly celebrating the illustrator-artist Catherine Courtauld, the sister of our founder Samuel Courtauld, who was a prominent member of the Suffrage Atelier formed in 1907. As part of this group of artists, Catherine used her art to join the propaganda war and to promote the Votes for Women campaign. Pro-Suffrage propaganda played a crucial role in the protracted battle for female voting rights: posters and postcards were relied upon to enlist support for rallies and events and to counteract the negative portrayals of suffragettes being disseminated by the media.
For more information on Catherine and to view examples of her important work, now held in the Museum of London visit: http://blog.museumoflondon.org.uk/suffragette-poster-art/