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‘Against Images Made By Hands’: Florence Nightingale’s Reluctant Life in Portraiture

Natasha McEnroe will examine Nightingale's life through a series of portraits.

Florence Nightingale disliked having her portrait taken as much as she hated being a celebrity, yet it was largely through the visual representations of her face and person in the press that she gained iconic status in Victorian England. Used as a model by her artistic and adoring sister and cousin, sketches of the young Nightingale contrast sharply with the photographs and paintings of her later years, when the pressures of her work and ill health are very apparent. Representations of the idealised Angel of the Crimea tell as much about attitudes of her time as they do about the reality of her life. Natasha McEnroe will examine Nightingale’s life through a selection of images of her, and will consider whether they can shed some light on the controversy around the mysterious illness of her later years.


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Date and Time:

19 January 2012 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Florence Nightingale Museum
Gassiot House
2 Lambeth Palace Road
020 7620 0374

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Admission price £7.00. To book, please contact Katie Edwards on katie@florence-nightingale.co.uk or 020 7620 0374.

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The lecture will be followed by a free glass of wine and an opportunity to view the museum.

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