Emily Wilding Davison
I am very excited to have been chosen as the artist for this commission. Emily was such a well-known, brave, suffragette with a strong personality. She had two University degrees (not awarded as she was a woman), had been force-fed 47 times and imprisoned 7 times. Through her brave actions in prison, force-feeding of women was stopped. She hid in a cupboard in the Houses of Parliament on census day so that she could use that as her address, which took a great deal of courage. Finally, her plan of attaching a suffragette banner onto the horse, in front of the three newsreel cameras filming the race was tragically thwarted when the King’s Horse reared up and caught the back of her head with his hoof, knocking her out and seriously injuring her. She died in Epsom Hospital three days later.