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Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari'

1 of 4 portraits of Sir William Linton

Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari', by Jerry Barrett, 1856 - NPG 4305 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari'

by Jerry Barrett
oil on canvas, 1856
16 in. x 24 1/8 in. (405 mm x 612 mm) overall
Purchased, 1963
Primary Collection
NPG 4305

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  • Jerry Barrett (1824-1906), Painter. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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In this oil study, Barrett's composition for his finished painting is well-developed but there are significant differences in the pose of Nightingale herself and the positioning of Alexis Soyer and others grouped around her. The outstretched arm of the soldier being borne into the Hospital, which provides a dramatic focus in the large painting, is not yet developed.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 6202: The Mission of Mercy: Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari (finished work)

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Audio Guide
  • Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 89
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 729

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