Police guarding the National Gallery against women: 1914
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 31cm x 22cm

Police guarding the National Gallery against women: 1914

© Museum of London

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Policeman guarding a 'closed' National Gallery against suffragette attack. Fear of suffragette attacks on works of art prompted the closure of The National Gallery, Royal Academy and the Tate Gallery in May, 1914. The British Museum remained open to the public but women had to be accompanied by men who would accept responsibility for them. Unaccompanied women were only allowed in if they had a letter of recommendation from a gentleman who would vouch for their good conduct and take responsibility for their actions.
 

Date

1914 AD - 1914 AD
 

Image Number

008185
 

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