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William Edward Kilburn portrait of Florence Nightingale

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7991

Scope and Contents

Portrait photograph taken by Kilburn for the London Stereoscopic Company in 1856 of Florence Nightingale.


  • approximately 1856


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William Edward Kilburn portrait of Florence Nightingale must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The London Stereoscopic Company was a photographic company in London, England. It was established in 1854 by George Swann Nottage, and was also known as the London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company. The company published photographs, with William England and Thomas Richard Williams as the main photographers. It was also involved in the manufacture of photographic equipment. The company was dissolved in 1922.

Biographical History

William Edward Kilburn (1818-1891) was a photographer in England.

William Edward Kilburn was born on November 28, 1818 in London, England to Thomas Kilburn and Catherine Ward. In 1846 he opened a portrait studio in London. An award-winning photographer, he was commissioned to take portraits of Queen Victoria and her family during the 1840s. In 1854 he married Louisa Ludlam Tootal, and they had three children. Kilburn died on December 11, 1891 in Whitwell, Isle of Wight.


1 photograph (0.01 linear ft.) ; 15 x 10 cm. (5.75 x 3.75 in.)




Maintained in original order.

Custodial History

This photograph was originally contained in the David Magee Victorian Collection located in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections was removed so that it could be cataloged separately. It was part of item 1746 of the David Magee Victorian Collection.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).


The photograph has a blind stamp in the lower right hand corner: "London Stereoscopic Co. Copyright".


The following is the description found in the David Magee Victorian Collection that references the photograph: "1746. (Nightingale) Life and Death of Athena, an Owlet frm the Parthenon. Text and illustrations lithographed throughout. Sm. 4to, original cloth. n.p., n.d. (c. 1855). 47.50 A curious publication written by Miss Nightingale's sister, Parthenope (Lady Verney), and sent to Florence to cheer her up during her serious illness at Balaclava. It is the story of an owl, picked up in Athens, who became Florence Nightingale's devoted pet until it died a day or two before the latter's departure for Crimea. It is of interest for the drawings of Florance made presumably by her sister. Obviously privately printed for the family it must be very rare. An original photograph laid in. Very nice copy. (see illustration)."

Processing Information

Processed; Lionel Thomas, student photograph processor; 2011.


Register of the William Edward Kilburn portrait of Florence Nightingale
Lionel Thomas
2011 December 21
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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