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William Edward Kilburn (1818-91)

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) c.1870

RCIN 2911352

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Carte-de-visite of Florence Nightingale seated on an upholstered chair facing partly left. She is looking downwards and is holding a fan on her lap.

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.