The mysteries behind Florence Nightingale’s iconic photographs

The rare photographic images of Florence Nightingale are so famous and familiar – iconic even – that we tend to take them for granted. But what do we actually know about them, about the circumstances in which they were made, distributed and, more importantly maybe, about the photographers who took them? Come and discover the truth behind the iconic pictures of a British legend in a Zoom talk by Photo Historian, Denis Pellerin, from Dr. Brian May’s London Stereoscopic Company.

Florence Nightingale apparently loathed having her photograph taken. Why then did she accept to sit for these images? And why did she repeatedly lie about being photographed only once, by command of the Queen?

This is the story of a quest, of a search that took me and my assistant Rebecca to dozens of different places and archives, both on location and online. The talk is given for the benefit of the Florence Nightingale Museum which, like a lot of other charities, has been badly hit by the lockdown due to the pandemic and we are grateful to Denis for his support.

The talk is £5.98 to listen to so register here. And tell all your friends too!

Key facts

Online talk via Zoom

Thursday 13 August
17.00 BST

£5.98 to register

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