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        Elizabeth Fry and Anna Buxton visiting Newgate Prison

        English School, (19th century). Medium: engraving. Elizabeth Fry (nee Gurney) (1780-1845) was a Quaker prison reformer. In 1817 she helped found the Association for the Reformation of the Female Prisoners in Newgate, having visited the women's prison there with her sister Anna Buxton and been horrified by what she found. "By kind words and firm manner the two brave women at last succeeded in getting some kind of order in the crowd, and then Anna Buxton fell on her knees, and offered up prayer for the prisoners". Provenance: Private Collection.


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