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Florence Nightingale

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Florence Nightingale, printed by Henry Lenthall, after  William Edward Kilburn, 1864-1877 (1854) - NPG x16136 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Florence Nightingale

printed by Henry Lenthall, after William Edward Kilburn
albumen carte-de-visite, 1864-1877 (1854)
3 3/8 in. x 2 1/8 in. (87 mm x 54 mm)
Purchased, 1945
Photographs Collection
NPG x16136

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  • Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), Reformer of hospital nursing and of the Army Medical Services. Sitter associated with 35 portraits.

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This is a print of one of the earliest photographs of Florence Nightingale. It was taken at the time of her first professional engagement as Lady Superintendent of the Upper Harley Street Establishment for Gentlewomen during Illness. Her experience of the Soho cholera epidemic in August 1854 prepared her for the devastation caused by the disease in the Crimea. Her lowered gaze perhaps gives an indication of her social reserve and unease in front of the camera.

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