ExhibitionPicturing Nursing as a Career: Florence Nightingale, the “Lady with the Lamp”
British social reformer Florence Nightingale famously took a group of nurses to the Crimean War front in 1854. Media coverage of her nightly visits to the wounded led to her becoming known as the “Lady with the Lamp.” After her return from the Crimean War, Nightingale established a fund to set up the first modern School of Nursing at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London; the School opened in 1860.
At this time, nursing was often undertaken by poor, uneducated women who knew little about disease or its causes. Nightingale established nursing as a vocation for educated middle-class women from respectable backgrounds.
Promotional postcard commemorating Florence Nightingale shortly after her death, ca. 1910
Produced by Reckitt and Sons Ltd., London and Hull
Postcard reproduction of The Mission of Mercy: Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari, early 20th century
Created by Jerry Barrett (1814—1906)
Produced by Scottish Branch of the British Red Cross
Postcard reproduction of an illustration Florence Nightingale, early 20th century
Created by William Edward Kilburn (1818—1891)