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Josephine Butler: Victorian Suffragist’s unseen paintings up for auction

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Josephine Butler is best known as an influential women’s rights activist and social justice reformer. But the 19th-century British feminist, who campaigned against the slave trade and the mistreatment of sex workers, among other injustices, had another hidden talent, too: painting.

As Maev Kennedy reports for the Art Newspaper, Ewbank’s Auctions in Surrey, England, is set to offer seven of Butler’s watercolor paintings in an online sale today, March 25.

Per Roland Arkell of the Antiques Trade Gazette, the landscape scenes—inspired by the Victorian activist’s European travels—are expected to sell for around £150 to £250 each (roughly $200 to $340).


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