Alfred Pearse

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Alfred Pearse
Alfred Pearse

20 May 1855
EducationWest London School of Art
Known forPainting and Illustrating
Notable work
  • Spirit of War 1915
  • The Angel of Mons 1915
  • St George 1915

Pearse's version of the Angel of Mons legend, 1915

Alfred Pearse (20 May 1855 – 1933) was an English cartoonist and campaigner, also known as A Patriot. Pearse was a fourth generation artist and son of celebrated decorative artist J.S. Pearse. He studied at West London School of Art and gained numerous prizes for drawing.[1]

Pearse designed posters campaigning for women's suffrage. He drew a weekly cartoon for Votes for Women from 1909, and was also regularly published in The Illustrated London News, Boy's Own Paper and Punch. With Laurence Housman, he set up the Suffrage Atelier.[2]

Pearse produced various artworks, cartoons and propaganda related to British efforts in World War One.

He was a wood engraver, book illustrator and art critic, including for the Manchester Guardian.

His son Denis Colbron Pearse (1883-1971) also was an illustrator.


  1. ^ " - Alfred Pearse". Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  2. ^ p.44, Funny Girls:Cartooning for Equality, Diane Atkinson

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