Copy pictures of Florence Nightingale and wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, after Jerry Barrett, c.1857

Scope and Content

The collection comprises the following:

Printed copy of 'The Mission of Mercy: Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari' by Jerry Barrett, 1857. The picture shows a scene in a field hospital, with a group of people including Florence Nightingale gathered around an injured soldier. A harbour can be seen through a large open door. The picture has been stuck onto a board and hand-coloured. It has been annotated in ink to identify some of the people in it, which include Dr Linton, M. Soyer, Col. Sir Henry Storks, Miss Tebbutt, Mrs Moore, Col. Sillery, Dr Crookshank, Miss Nightingale, Mrs Roberts, Mr and Mrs C.H. Bracebridge [ancestors of the depositors of these illustrations], and Lord William Paulet (MS 95/1);

Printed copy of 'Queen Victoria's First Visit to her Wounded Soldiers' by Jerry Barrett, 1856. The picture shows the Queen and Prince Albert, with a group of other dignitaries, visiting wounded soldiers in a hospital. The picture has been hand-coloured (MS 95/2);

Printed copy of a sketch showing Florence Nightingale sick in bed, visited by Lord Raglan. It has been stuck onto a board, on the reverse of which has been stuck a poem, 'Lord Raglan visiting Florence Nightingale on the Genoese Hights, Balaklava, May 23 [1855], by 'A.X', published in 'The Examiner'. A small cutting of part of a letter or notice dated 3 March 1856, containing the words 'Florence Nightingale', has been stuck underneath the picture. The artist of the sketch has not been identified (MS 95/3).

Administrative / Biographical History

Two of the paintings reproduced in this collection, 'Queen Victoria's First Visit to her Wounded Soldiers' (1856), and 'The Mission of Mercy: Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari' (1857), by Jerry Barrett (1824-1906), are now in the National Portrait Gallery in London. The identity of the person who collected and hand-coloured the printed copies of these paintings is not known, but is likely to be a member of the Bracebridge family.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

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Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the illustrations. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

The illustrations were given to the library of The University of Nottingham in the 1950s by descendants of the Bracebridge family.