A beautiful Parian group of Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910) with a soldier, by Copeland from Theodore Phyffers c 1858
This tender scene shows a young Florence Nightingale supporting a bearded soldier leaning on a stick. The figure has lovely detailing of their delicate hands. The bow under Florence Nightingale’s chin, her keys and wicker basket work are other examples of the fine modelling. Her sash says Scutari and the group is impressed “Florence Nightingale” and “Copeland”. According to the Parian Phenomenon (page 164, fig 546), the original marble group was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1857 and described in the 1858 Art Journal as “A group representing Miss Nightingale supporting a wounded Crimea soldier in the Scutari Hospital”.
Florence Nightingale was a social reformer and founder of modern nursing, introducing professionalism and improved standards and processes for cleanliness and hygiene, particularly in the field of battle but also in English workhouses. Nowadays she is most famous for her work in the Crimean War (1853 – 1856).
Theodore Phyffers (c 1821 -1876) was a prominent sculptor and wood carver from Belgium who moved to England in 1844.
Height 33cm (13”)
Condition: Excellent. The base has had small pads attached to protect furniture surfaces.
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