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'Against images made by hands': Florence Nightingale's reluctant life in portraiture

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'Against images made by hands': Florence Nightingale's reluctant life in portraiture

Time: March 16, 2012 from 1pm to 2pm
Location: The Royal Society
Street: 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
City/Town: London SW1Y 5AG
Website or Map: http://royalsociety.org
Phone: 020 74512597
Event Type: talk
Organized By: The Royal Society
Latest Activity: Mar 5, 2012

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Public history of science lecture by Dr Natasha McEnroe

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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.

The lecture is free and all are welcome to attend. No prior booking is necessary - seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors will open at 12.30pm.

Please contact Felicity Henderson on 020 74512597 or felicity.henderson@royalsociety.org with any questions about this event.

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