The Mission of Mercy: Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari

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The Mission of Mercy: Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari, by Jerry Barrett, 1857 - NPG 6202 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Mission of Mercy: Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari

by Jerry Barrett
oil on canvas, 1857
55 1/2 in. x 83 3/4 in. (1410 mm x 2127 mm)
Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Art Fund, 1993
Primary Collection
NPG 6202


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  • Jerry Barrett (1824-1906), Painter. Artist associated with 8 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Few people came out of the Crimean debacle with credit, but Florence Nightingale's campaign on behalf of the sick and wounded British soldiers was one of the great achievements and made her a national hero. She had travelled to Scutari, a suburb of Constantinople, in October 1854, where she transformed the appalling conditions at the Barrack Hospital and laid the foundations for lasting reforms in nursing care. Clearly highlighted near the centre of Barrett's painting, she is shown receiving casualties in the quadrangle of the hospital.

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  • NPG 2939a: Sketch of 'The Mission of Mercy: Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari' (sketch)
  • NPG 4305: Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari' (sketch)
  • NPG 2939: Florence Nightingale (study)

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