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Florence Nightingale (1820–1910), Nurse and Reformer

Artist:
Luigi Saulini (Italian, 1819–1883)
Date:
ca. 1855–60
Culture:
Italian, Rome
Medium:
Sardonyx
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 1 x 3/4 x 3/8 in. (2.5 x 1.9 x 0.9 cm); 25.5 x 19.5 x 9.3 mm
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1940
Accession Number:
40.20.54
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
Nurse Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) dedicated herself to reforming military hospitals and attracted worldwide admiration, especially for her valiant and compassionate service in Turkey in 1854–57 during the Crimean War, in the course of which she contracted a form of brucellosis called “Crimean fever.” Here she looks down with becoming modesty amid a show of crisp linen and lace.
Signature: Incised behind neck: L. SAULINI
Milton Weil (until 1940; to MMA)
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