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Victoria and Albert collected works documenting political and military events

James Robertson (1813-88)

Miss Nightingale's Tower 1855-1856

Salted paper print | 31.7 x 25.0 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500663

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Photograph of Florence Nightingale's tower at the Selimiye Barracks at Scutari, Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul). The barracks are seen from the side, with one seven storey tower in the forefront and another visible behind. There is a flagpole on each tower.

The Selimiye Barracks were used by the British as a military hospital during the Crimean War. Florence Nightingale, the pioneering nurse, lived in a tower of the barracks whilst working in the hospital. It is likely that James Robertson, who was living in Constantinople, photographed the tower knowing the growing interest the British public had in her work.
  • Creator(s)

    James Robertson (1813-88) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
  • 31.7 x 25.0 cm (image) (image)

    37.2 x 31.8 cm (mount)

  • Miss Nightingale's Tower. [Crimean War photographs by Robertson].

  • From the collection of Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)
    • Places
      • Asia
        • Turkey
          • Istanbul [Turkey]
            • Selimiye Barracks [Istanbul]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Hospitals