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The Suffragettes



Victor Pasmore


03 Dec 1908 - 23 Jan 1998


Victor Pasmore was a follower of Walter Sickert. Pasmore's figurative works of this period are basically realistic in treatment. As Bruce Laughton describes: "The surface areas of these canvases suggest sub-division into rectangular proportions of the whole… For example in 'The Suffragettes' the horizontal bar running along the back of the wall parallel to the picture plane is placed at roughly one third from the top of the canvas, while below it on the left side is another rectangular shape, which cuts the vertical edge of the canvas at about one third from the bottom, and also the bottom horizontal edge at one third. Within this scheme the shapes of the three human figures are rendered rather flatly, in dark but rich Sickert-like colours. The static quality given to the design by these proportions… emphasises the stillness of the suffragettes as they listen to their verdict in the dock of the courtroom."

AGNSW Handbook, 1994




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


63.5 x 76.4 cm stretcher; 87.7 x 100.7 x 6.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l., red paint "VP". Not dated.


Purchased 1948


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Victor Pasmore

Works in the collection



Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Arthur Tooth & Sons 1948

Referenced in 9 publications


Clive Bell, Victor Pasmore, Middlesex, 1945, (colour illus.). plate no. 17

Sir Alan Bowness and Luigi Lambertini, Victor Pasmore: with a catalogue raisonne of the paintings, constructions and graphics, 1926-1979, London, 1980, (illus.). 68

Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'European 20th Century Art', pg. 91-95, Sydney, 1984, 91.

René Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'European', pg. 36-56, Sydney, 1988, 55.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 145 (illus.).

Renee Free, Art and Australia, 'European Collection', p.63-75, Sydney, Jul 1972, 71 (colour illus.).

Renée Free, AGNSW Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 159 (colour illus.).

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 144 (illus.). 1713

Bruce Laughton, The Euston Road London, London, 1986, 284 (illus.).