Figurine of Florence Nightingale and a wounded officer, England, 1850-1870

Made:
1850-1870 in Staffordshire and England
Pottery figure group depicting Florence Nightingale standing Figurine of Florence Nightingale and a wounded officer, England, 1850-1870 (figurine) Figurine of Florence Nightingale and a wounded officer, England, 1850-1870 (figurine) Pottery figure group depicting Florence Nightingale standing Pottery figure group depicting Florence Nightingale standing Pottery figure group depicting Florence Nightingale standing

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Pottery figure group depicting Florence Nightingale standing
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Pottery figure group depicting Florence Nightingale standing
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Pottery figure group depicting Florence Nightingale standing
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Pottery figure group depicting Florence Nightingale standing
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Pottery figure group depicting Florence Nightingale standing next to a wounded officer, Staffordshire, mid 19th century

A large number of statues were made of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) throughout her career as she was an extremely popular public figure. Mass-produced statues like this one would have been found in many middle class Victorian living rooms.

During the Crimean War (1853-1856), more soldiers were dying of water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhus than from battle-inflicted wounds. Nightingale was often called the ‘Angel of the Crimea’ for reforming the hospital at Scutari, Turkey, and reducing the death rate. Recent research has shown that the death rate actually rose during the beginning of Nightingale’s visit and only fell when a British government commission improved ventilation and sewers.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A42874
Materials:
earthenware (glazed) and ceramic
Measurements:
overall: 245 mm x 62 mm x 70 mm, .8kg
type:
figurine