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EMMA PATTERSON (1848-1886)

Secretary of the National Society for Women's Suffrage; founder of the Women's Protective and Provident League, 1874 and Women's Printing Society, 1876.

Free School Lane, Cambridge, c.1880 


Drypoint etching on linen-faced paper with trimmed margins. Plate size: 190 x 190mm. Signed and inscribed with title. No edition, proofs only. Sometimes appears with added hand colouring. Very rare in this state. Printed by the artist, London c.1880 (read on and you will discover why I have included this as a "Modern British Print"). Excellent condition, unframed. Emma Paterson (nee Smith) was the prominent Suffragette and pioneering women's trade unionist. In 1876 she founded the Women's Printing Society in Westminster. She spent a year in New York – an influence which can be seen in this etching and, like her, its style is ahead of its time. The subject matter too, the ideology of the Free School, was very much part of her rights movement ethos. A light in the darkness. She died aged just 38 and is buried in Paddington cemetary. This is a very rare and important little etching I think and (I don't say this lightly) without doubt a museum piece – I shall try and find an institution to buy it before you do!