Breakfast reception for released Suffragette prisoners, 1909.

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Breakfast reception for released Suffragette prisoners, 1909.
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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Breakfast reception for released Suffragette prisoners, 1909. A handwritten note on the reverse of the photograph identifies the location of the breakfast reception as being the Great Central Hotel in London. In the photograph can be seen Emmeline Pankhurst and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence (standing), Annie Kenney seated and, wearing the Votes for Women sash, Vera Wentworth of whom it is noted on the reverse 'was kept in prison one day longer for writing on the walls "Votes for Women"'. The image has been dated by Nurse Pine as September 1909 but this may not be accurate.
Breakfast receptions and 'welcome' processions for released Suffragette prisoners were a regular feature of the Women's Social and Political Union events diary. Held at halls and hotels throughout central London they were often attended by the WSPU leaders who presented released prisoners with campaign medals to raise morale and encourage continued loyalty and commitment to the militant cause.

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