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Marion Wallace-Dunlop papers, 1899 - 2009

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCRF 8/1/11

Scope and Contents

The drawings, papers and photographs listed here relate to Marion Wallace-Dunlop's writing and artwork as well as her suffragist activities and include original line drawings for 'Fairies, Elves and Flower Babies'.


  • Creation: 1899 - 2009


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright ownership unknown.

Biographical / Historical

Marion Wallace-Dunlop was born in Inverness on 22 December 1864, the second child of Robert Henry Wallace-Dunlop, of the Bengal civil service, and Lucy Dawson. Though born in Scotland, she lived most of her life in London. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and her paintings were exhibited in London, Glasgow and Paris. She published two books in 1899: 'Fairies, Elves and Flower Babies' and 'The Magic Fruit Garden', both illustrated by her in art nouveau style. Marion Wallace-Dunlop was involved in the suffrage movement from 1900. One of the militant suffragists, she was active in the Women's Social and Political Union from 1908. She was arrested and imprisoned in Holloway in July 1908 for 'obstruction' and again in November 1908 for leading a deputation to the House of Commons. Again in June 1909, she was imprisoned in Holloway, after stencilling the following on the wall of St Stephen's Hall in the Palace of Westminster: 'It is the right of the subjects to petition the king and all commitments and prosecutions for such petitioning are illegal'. On this occasion, acting on her own initiative, she went on hunger strike, the first of the militant suffragists to do so. She was released on 8 July after fasting for 91 hours, but soon afterwards other imprisoned suffragists began to adopt the same strategy. In 1928 Marion Wallace-Dunlop was a pallbearer at Emmeline Pankhurst's funeral, and for a time after that she took care of Mrs Pankhurst's adopted daughter in Peaslake, Surrey. She died in Guildford on 12 September 1942.


1.5 archive box(es) (1.5 boxes) : Paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Keith and Elizabeth Wallace-Dunlop August 2005. With additional donations by Peter Sparks (1415/19 and 1718/32).

Related Materials

Copies of The Suffragette and Votes for Women which were originally part of this collection have been catalogued at GCRF 8/1/3/2 and GCRF 8/1/3/1/1 respectively.


Dunlop, Marion Wallace-, 1864-1942, suffragist and artist

Finding aid date

2010-03-08 10:17:32+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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