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This is one of a pair of paintings (see CWLF 127, 406900) depicting a collector surrounded by his possessions and an physician in his laboratory. Both works consciously perpetuate the tradition of David Teniers, who specialised in alchemists and collector

Objects and paintings illustrating the changing perception and use of medicine

William Edward Kilburn (1818-91)

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) c.1856

RCIN 2853480

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Photograph of Florence Nightingale standing facing partly left holding a letter. An engraved wooden chest stands to the left.

Queen Victoria admired the work done by Florence Nightingale to improve nursing during the Crimean War, noting in her journal: 'I envy her being able to do so much good and look after the noble heroes whose behaviour is admirable'. She also supported Nightingale in practical ways, sending her cases of medical supplies and writing to senior military figures in the Crimea expressing her concern for the welfare of the troops.