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Florence Nightingale

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Florence Nightingale, by Goodman of Derby, or by  Alfred William Bennett, published by  Henry Hering, circa 1857 - NPG x16139 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Florence Nightingale

by Goodman of Derby, or by Alfred William Bennett, published by Henry Hering
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1857
3 1/2 in. x 2 1/4 in. (88 mm x 58 mm)
Given by Hugh Tolson, 1936
Photographs Collection
NPG x16139


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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 photograph was considered by the Nightingale family to be the best likeness. It was frequently reproduced, such as the vignetted version. The wide dissemination of these images made it the iconic representation of Florence Nightingale. At the time of the sitting, she was working on her pioneering statistical report Notes on matters affecting the health, efficiency, and hospital administration of the British Army (1858), which concluded, 'Our soldiers are being enlisted to die in barracks'.

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