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Females Collection

Background imageFemales Collection: Mademoiselle Chauvin the first female barrister 1901

Mademoiselle Chauvin the first female barrister 1901
Mademoiselle Chauvin, the first female barrister, illustrated as she is sworn in at the French Bar. The Sphere describes the mixed reaction to Mdlle Chauvins right to practise

Background imageFemales Collection: Joan Bakewell with her two children 1969

Joan Bakewell with her two children 1969
Joan Bakewell photographed with her two children; Harriet and Matthew. Bakewell was a well known female figure of British television, famous partly for controversial

Background imageFemales Collection: Ugly Duckling (Boyle)

Ugly Duckling (Boyle)
The old cottage woman, with her distaff and her animal companions : often such solitary females were suspected of witchcraft

Background imageFemales Collection: Female Chartists Cartoon

Female Chartists Cartoon
How to treat the female Chartists Cockroaches, rats and mice should see off the most ferocious crowd of females

Background imageFemales Collection: Measuring a Gold

Measuring a Gold
Archery is much favoured by Victorian females, who are seen here measuring their achievements

Background imageFemales Collection: The Lady Traveller: Olive MacLeod in Africa 1911

The Lady Traveller: Olive MacLeod in Africa 1911
Olive MacLeod depicted outside her bivouac in " the heart of Africa". MacLeod was the younger daughter of the Permanent Under-Secretary for Scotland Sir Reginald MacLeod

Background imageFemales Collection: The Lyceum Club, 1908

The Lyceum Club, 1908
The Lyceum Club, formed in 1903 for the purpose of bringing together the cultured women of the world for mutual knowledge and understanding, for the furtherance of their intellectual interests

Background imageFemales Collection: Two women in fancy dress with tankards

Two women in fancy dress with tankards
Two women in fancy dress costumes comprising of knickerbockers, shirts and waistcoats, raise a tankard of beer each - presumably they re meant to be some kind of 17th century roisterers? c.1928

Background imageFemales Collection: First female to speak in the House of Commons

First female to speak in the House of Commons
Margaret Travers Symons (1879 - after 1951), suffragette, the first woman to speak in the House of Commons, who made her way in after running past policeman, Mr Idris into the chamber

Background imageFemales Collection: Lapland Reindeer

Lapland Reindeer
A herd of Lapland reindeer. They move in enormous herds, the record being claimed for a herd of 50, 000. The only type of deer where both males and females have antlers

Background imageFemales Collection: Two women preparing for show at Windmill Theatre 1939

Two women preparing for show at Windmill Theatre 1939
Two women in tin helmets photographed as they prepare for a show at the Windmill Theatre. The Windmill Theatre, which today uses the motto " we never closed"

Background imageFemales Collection: Marshalls Flax Mill, Leeds, Yorkshire 1843

Marshalls Flax Mill, Leeds, Yorkshire 1843
Drawing heckled flax at Marshalls Flax Mill, Leeds. Female workers operate machines to create an even strip from the flax fibres that have previously been heckled, 1843

Background imageFemales Collection: Two females handstands on beam

Two females handstands on beam

Background imageFemales Collection: The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones 1898

The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones 1898
Annie Jones Elliot (1865 - 1902) also known as " the Bearded Lady" toured with the showman P. T. Barnum as a circus attraction. 1898

Background imageFemales Collection: The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones 1897

The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones 1897
Annie Jones Elliot (1865 - 1902), a " freak" and part of the " Greatest Show on Earth". The accompanying article describes her as " in every respect the best of the "

Background imageFemales Collection: Selection of suffragette banners 1908

Selection of suffragette banners 1908
Some of the 770 banners carried by suffragettes and suffragists as they marched from the embankment to the Royal Albert Hall

Background imageFemales Collection: Police removing suffragettes chained to railings 1908

Police removing suffragettes chained to railings 1908
Police officers removing Edith New and Olivia Smith from the railings of 10. Downing Street. The image is interestingly captioned

Background imageFemales Collection: Mrs Davies, the lady sharpshooter 1900

Mrs Davies, the lady sharpshooter 1900
Female rifleman, Mrs Davies, in a trench during the seige of Mafeking (now Mahikeng) in the Boer war. The image was published two days after the end of the seige

Background imageFemales Collection: Doorstep gossip Stoke

Doorstep gossip Stoke
Two old women talk in the street. One stands on the doorstep of her terraced house in Stoke-on-Trent Date: 1987

Background imageFemales Collection: Pheasants male and two females British Birds

Pheasants male and two females British Birds
Pheasants, male, and, two, females, British, Birds, Watercolour, painting, George, Rankin, 12022360

Background imageFemales Collection: c. 1871 Japan - female hairdresser - from The Far East magazine

c. 1871 Japan - female hairdresser - from The Far East magazine
c.1870s Japan - female hairdresser - from The Far East magazine

Background imageFemales Collection: c. 1871 Japan - woman in a rickshaw - from The Far East magazine

c. 1871 Japan - woman in a rickshaw - from The Far East magazine
c.1870s Japan - woman in a rickshaw - from The Far East magazine

Background imageFemales Collection: c. 1871 Japan - street vendor - from The Far East magazine

c. 1871 Japan - street vendor - from The Far East magazine
c.1870s Japan - street vendor - from The Far East magazine

Background imageFemales Collection: c. 1871 Japan - tea house attendant - from The Far East magazine

c. 1871 Japan - tea house attendant - from The Far East magazine
c.1870s Japan - tea house attendant - from The Far East magazine

Background imageFemales Collection: 1871 Japan - two people greeting each other - from The Far East magazine

1871 Japan - two people greeting each other - from The Far East magazine
1870s Japan - two people greeting each other - from The Far East magazine

Background imageFemales Collection: Studio portrait of two women, both with their dark hair bobbed

Studio portrait of two women, both with their dark hair bobbed and wearing identical blouses with large collars and tie. Date: c.1930

Background imageFemales Collection: Manor House, Dalston

Manor House, Dalston
View of the Manor House, Dalston, once occupied by the Tyssen family who owned large swathes of Hackney, but by the later part of the 19th century had become a Refuge for Destitute Females. Date: 1875

Background imageFemales Collection: Playwright Clemence Dane 1921

Playwright Clemence Dane 1921
Clemence Dane (1888 - 1865), famous female playwright. The Sketch comments particularly on her play " Will Shakespeare", at that time still running at the Shaftesbury

Background imageFemales Collection: Lady Lavery 1921

Lady Lavery 1921
A selection of the work of Lady Lavery, recently recognised as an artist after exhibiting her work alongside her husbands at the Alpine Club gallery

Background imageFemales Collection: Rosita Forbes

Rosita Forbes (1890 - 1967), English travel explorer, a week before her marriage to Lieutenant-Colonel A T McGrath. Forbes was noted for her travel writing and exploration of Libya

Background imageFemales Collection: Sheila Kaye-Smith

Sheila Kaye-Smith (1887 - 1956), English writer, photographed at her London home in 3, Pembroke Studios. Kaye-Smith was known for her novels set in rural England, particularly Kent and Sussex

Background imageFemales Collection: The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones

The bearded lady: Miss Annie Jones
Annie Jones Elliot (1865 - 1902) also known as " the Bearded Lady" toured with the showman P. T. Barnum as a circus attraction

Background imageFemales Collection: Female ambulance worker in uniform, September 1939

Female ambulance worker in uniform, September 1939
A female ambulance worker photographed as she travels to work in London, a few weeks into the Second World War. As well as uniform, this ambulance worker carries her gas mask and torch. Date: 1939

Background imageFemales Collection: Member of the Womens Land Army in uniform, September 1939

Member of the Womens Land Army in uniform, September 1939
Jean Jacobs, formerly a London shop assistant, photographed in her Land Army uniform as she receives her training in Sussex. Date: 1939

Background imageFemales Collection: The ARP Wardens Suit, September 1939

The ARP Wardens Suit, September 1939
Female ARP warden modelling " the latest" wartime suit with a helmet. From October 1939, ARP uniforms featuring bluette overalls were issued however until then an ARP warden would wear

Background imageFemales Collection: Female ambulance staff training volunteers, September 1939

Female ambulance staff training volunteers, September 1939
An " ambulance girl" in full uniform explains the operation of the gas mask to two female volunteers in the newly formed All-India Ambulance unit

Background imageFemales Collection: Women queueing for Auxiliary Air Force posts, September 1939

Women queueing for Auxiliary Air Force posts, September 1939
Women in London queueing for posts in the Womens Auxiliary Air Force, a few weeks after the outbreak of war. The WaF was founded by the King in June 1939

Background imageFemales Collection: Women with high-profile war connections, September 1939

Women with high-profile war connections, September 1939
Series of women, closely associated with high-ranking men, photographed in uniforms shortly after the outbreak of war, September 1939

Background imageFemales Collection: Women painting kerbside for blackouts, September 1939

Women painting kerbside for blackouts, September 1939
Women of the Voluntary Ambulance Service painting the kerbside between their headquarters and the first-aid post to allow them to find their way in a blackout. Date: 1939

Background imageFemales Collection: Womens Land Army volunteers in training, September 1939

Womens Land Army volunteers in training, September 1939
Volunteers for the Womens Land Army learning basic agricultural skills, courtesy of the East Sussex Agricultural College. The Sphere comments on the health benefits of country life. 1939

Background imageFemales Collection: Women of the River Emergency Service, September 1939

Women of the River Emergency Service, September 1939
Women of the River Emergency Services standing in a line in full uniform, complete with helmet and scissors slung on a cord around thier necks

Background imageFemales Collection: First female jurors at the Old Bailey 1921

First female jurors at the Old Bailey 1921
The empanelling for the first mixed jury, with its forewoman Mrs Taylor Bumstead. Date: 1921

Background imageFemales Collection: First female member of Parliament, Anna Rogstad, April 1911

First female member of Parliament, Anna Rogstad, April 1911
Front cover of the Sphere showing Anna Rogstad the first female member of Parliament in the world as she takes her place in the Nowegian Storting

Background imageFemales Collection: Women kayaking in northern France 1904

Women kayaking in northern France 1904
Two women in a kayak being helped by a male instructor at Olonne in the Vendee, France. 1904

Background imageFemales Collection: Londons first female railway porter, April 1915

Londons first female railway porter, April 1915
Londons first female railway porter photographed as she carries milk churn at Marylebone Station. Date: 1915

Background imageFemales Collection: Female explorer Miss Hlawaczek on expedition, January 1894

Female explorer Miss Hlawaczek on expedition, January 1894
Published as part of her obituary, this illustration of Miss Hlawaczek shows her in Africa on her journey from Cape Town to Cairo with two women behind her, possibly two of her three attendants

Background imageFemales Collection: Miss M C Dawes, Master of Arts, August 1884

Miss M C Dawes, Master of Arts, August 1884
Illustration of Miss M C Dawes, the first female Master of Arts in England, University of London. Date: 1884

Background imageFemales Collection: Cornelia Sorabji

Cornelia Sorabji in her graduation hat, after becoming the first female to graduate from university in Western India. 1888



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