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Emily J. Harding

British translator, suffragette

Emily J. Harding
Born1850 (1850)
Bristol, England
Died1940 (aged 89–90)
Sutherland Shire, Australia
Other namesEmily Jane Harding Andrews
Alma materBristol School of Art
OccupationArtist, suffragette
Known forIllustration
Edward William Andrews
(m. 1879; died 1915)

Emily Jane Harding Andrews (1850–1940) was a British artist, illustrator and suffragette. She was a member of the Artists' Suffrage League.

Early life

Harding was born in 1850 in Bristol, England. She studied at Clifton Ladies' College and the Bristol School of Art.[1]


In her early career she specialized in miniatures. One was included at the Royal Academy exhibition in 1877. By the mid-1880s, Harding had changed her focus to illustration, often of children's books, including Hand in Hand in Children's Land (1887) by S. and E. Lecky,[2] The Little Ladies (1890) by Helen Milman,[3] Merry Moments (1892) by Rose E. May,[4] and The Disagreeable Duke (1894) by Eleanor Davenport Adams.[5] She generally used her maiden name,[6] though exceptions exist.[7] Her translation and illustrations for "Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" (ISBN 1909302554) remain in print.[8]

Harding became involved with the Artists' Suffrage League, designing posters for the cause.[9][10] She co-signed a letter to the editor of The Guardian in 1908, decrying the use of physical violence against activists, alongside fellow artist and suffragist Mary Sargant Florence.[11]

Personal life

In 1879 she married fellow artist Edward William Andrews.[6] Harding's husband died in 1915, and she eventually emigrated to Australia. She died in 1940 in Sutherland Shire.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Suffrage Stories/Women Artists: Emily Jane Harding Andrews". Woman and her Sphere. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Christmas Books". The Standard. December 24, 1887. p. 2. Retrieved August 19, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Gift Books II". The Guardian. December 3, 1890. p. 23. Retrieved August 19, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Christmas Gifts for the Little Ones". Liverpool Mercury. November 23, 1892. p. 7. Retrieved August 19, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Books of the Season". The Standard. December 21, 1894. p. 2. Retrieved August 19, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ a b "Suffragettes and art". Uncover your ancestors. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  7. ^ E.g. File:Convicts Lunatics and Women! Have No Vote for Parliament, ca. 1907-1918.jpg is signed "Emily J. Harding Andrews"
  8. ^ Harding, Emily J (2014). Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen - 20 Slavic Tales. Abela Publishing. ISBN 9781909302556.
  9. ^ "Harding, Emily Jane 1850-1940 | Artist Biographies". Artist Biographies: British and Irish Artists of the 20th Century. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  10. ^ Tickner, Lisa (1988-03-31). The Spectacle of Women: Imagery of the Suffrage Campaign 1907-14. University of Chicago Press. p. 50. ISBN 9780226802459.
  11. ^ "Women and Physical Force". The Guardian. December 16, 1908. p. 9. Retrieved August 19, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.

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