One of four Portland Stone Keystones removed from the facade of St Thomas' Hospital London bearing the carved profile of Florence Nightingale surmounted by a representation of her famous lamp which as a nurse tending the wounded during The Crimean War she carried before her at night searching the battle fields for the fallen. The sight of her lamp shining through the dark brought hope to those waiting to be found.
She had been consulted by the Architect Henry Currey about the design for the new St Thomas' which was moved from it's 17th century site in Southwark to Lambeth Palace Road across the River Thames from The Houses of Parliament where it was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871. The design of separate blocks rather than in one large building which brought light and air to the wards was probably due to her influence.
Early 20th century. A pair with SNo 13139 Edith Cavell shown below.
Listed Price: £4,800 (+VAT where applicable)
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