Annie Besant, British socialist and theosophist, 1926. Artist: Brill
Annie Besant, British socialist and theosophist, 1926. An active campaigner for women's and workers' rights, Annie Besant (nee Wood) was a powerful public speaker and a prolific writer. She was converted to theosophy, which holds that all religions are an attempt by man to ascertain 'the Divine', in 1889 after reading The Secret Doctrine by HP Blavatsky, one of the founders of the Theosophical Society. Besant attempted to understand the universe through clairvoyance. A print from the front cover of Lansbury's labour Weekly, 11th December 1926.
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