Suffragette Surveillance, 1913

‘In 1912, Scotland Yard detectives bought their first camera, to covertly photograph suffragettes. The pictures were compiled into ID sheets for officers on the ground.’


1 - Margaret Scott

2 - Olive Leared (nee Hockin)

3 - Margaret McFarlane

4 - Mary Wyan (Mary Ellen Taylor)

5 - Annie Bell

6 - Jane Short

7 - Gertrude Mary Ansell

8 - Maud Brindley

9 - Verity Oates

11 - Mary Raleigh Richardson

12 - May Dennis (neˆe Lenton)

13 - Kitty Marion (Katherina Maria Schafer)

14 - Lillian Forrester

15 - Miss Johansen

16 - Clara Giveen

17 - Jennie Baines

18 - Miriam Pratt

‘When Evelyn Manesta, one of the Manchester suffragettes, refused to pose for a picture, a guard was brought in to restrain her in front of the camera.

‘But when the photograph of Evelyn Manesta appeared, the arm had been removed. The photographer had acted on official instructions to doctor the photograph so that it would be less controversial.’

10 - Evelyn Manesta

All images © National Portrait Gallery, London.

This capsule was curated by Shirley Shin.

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10 comments to Suffragette Surveillance, 1913

  • Hans Peter

    I thought that the female suffragettes were mainly old hags. I see now that I was only partly right. Mrs. Schafer and Mrs. Dennis prove me wrong.

  • Estelle

    What a bloody stupid comment.

  • Estelle

    Some more info about “May Dennis” - real name Lilian Lenton (not nee as she didn’t marry). What a life!

  • Hans Peter

    I see that my irony wasn’t taken. Sorry :)

  • Polly

    Just a random observation - I spotted two look-a-likes:

    11 - Mary Raleigh Richardson - Princess Anne
    15 - Miss Johansen - The Mask (Jim Carey)

  • ah yes progress

    Just the obvious in case anyone hasn’t seen one before. The more modern CO11 Spotters card circa 2000s.

  • Hans Peter

    Another look alike: 1 - Margaret Scott - Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin in drag.

  • David B

    Hans - you have a lot to say about how these women look. Maybe you should show us a picture of yourself now?

  • Patricia Murray

    Yes, Hans. How do YOU look. More to the point, what cause would you feck up your life for?????

  • Huig

    Yes, we all have laughed too much in the last decades.
    Let us all look serious and stop laughing now!

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