Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Painting of 'black Florence Nightingale' Mary Seacole

The only known portrait of the Crimea War nurse dubbed the 'black Florence Nightingale' has been bought by the National Portrait Gallery for £130,000, after being discovered in a car boot sale.
The 1869 painting of Mary Seacole, by art student Albert Challen, was unearthed in 2003 by a local antiques dealer, who accidentally found it behind a framed print at the boot sale in Burford, Oxon.
By Stephen Adams, Arts Correspondent
Daily Telegraph

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