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Florence Nightingale statue (minus her hand and lamp)

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:DRBY005002
:Derby
:London Road
:Florence Nightingale statue (minus her hand and lamp)
:1987
:Derby Evening Telegraph
:Derby Evening Telegraph
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This Grade II listed statue is situated in the grounds of Derby's Royal Infirmary. This statue resides on London road in front of The Derby Royal Infirmary. It was sculpted from 1911 by Countess Feodora von Hohenlohe-Langenburg-Countess von Gleichen, who was related to Queen Victoria and was the first member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. The following article is about the unveiling of the statue and is extracted from the DERBY MERCURY JUNE 19TH 1914:-'LADY OF THE LAMP, MEMORIAL STATUE UNVEILED, DERBYSHIRE TRIBUTE TO FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE. The Duke of Devonshire, on Friday unveiled the Florence Nightingale memorial statue, which has been placed bordering the grounds of the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and facing the London Road. Derbyshire's tribute to 'A noble type of good, heroic womanhood' is worthy of the town of the county in which Florence Nightingale spent many years of her life, and it is appropriate that the governors of the Infirmary should have given the site for the memorial, for Miss Nightingale had an intimate connection with the institution. To the Duke of Devonshire who is president of the governors of the Infirmary, is due the credit for initiating the movement for a memorial to Miss Nightingale after that lady's death in 1910, and it was also at the suggestion of His Grace that the execution of the statue was placed in the hands of a lady sculptor of note Countess Feodora Gleichen. The Countess has represented her subject as she was at the time of her beneficent work among the disease-stricken troops at Scutari 60 years ago. The figure in white marble and raised on a stone pedestal, is nearly seven feet in height, and uplifted in the right hand is a lamp, the attitude being symbolical of how Florence Nightingale held a light up to the nursing profession. This conception also finds terse expression in the Latin inscription 'Fiat lux' Engraved on a large block of Darley Dale stone, which serves as a screen to the statue, which stands in a semi-circular alcove which, with stone seat and balustrade terminating in low pillars, is open to London Road. The cost of the memorial has been £1,700, of which about £260 remains to be raised. At the unveiling ceremony, the Mayor of Derby (Coun. S. Johnson) presided, supported by the Duke of Devonshire the Countess Feodora Gleichen, the Bishop of Derby (Dr Abraham), the Mayoress (Mrs Johnson) Sir Arthur Heywood Bart., Mrs Shore Nightingale, Miss Wilmot, Miss Vaudrey, Col Brooke Taylor, Col G Gascoyne, Mrs G. Herbert Strutt, Mrs Hy Boden, Ald and Mrs W. G. Wilkins, Ald R. B. Chambers, Ald W. Blews Robotham, Ald A. C. Barnes, Ald Jas Oakes, Dr Parry Jones, the Rev F Harris Gibson, Mr Arthur Cox, Mr E. S. Johnson, Dr and Mrs W. R. Roe, Coun Frances Smith, Coun G. Innes, Coun and Mrs J. Hill, Mr G. Trevelyan Lee (Town Clerk), Capt. H. M. Haywood (Chief Constable), Mr W. H. Whiston, Mr Clewos, Mr H. E. Currey, Mr E. Forester, and the Matron of the Infirmary. Members of the nursing staff of the Infirmary were accommodated in the Infirmary grounds and a strong contingent of the Derbyshire Imperial Veterans Association, including half-a-dozen Crimean veterans was present. The Bishop of Derby opened the proceedings with prayer, and the Mayor then called upon the Duke to unveil the statue, which his Grace did by pulling a cord which drew aside the curtains surrounding the statue. The cord was handed to the Duke by the Countess Gleichen. The Duke of Devonshire said he had a very pleasing duty in asking the Mayor to accept and take custody of the statue which he had the honour of unveiling. In doing so he thought they were taking a step which would be a memorable one not only in the history of Derby and County, but it would be for a perpetual memorial to the whole country and wherever the name of Florence Nightingale was known, which meant wherever the English language was spoken. He asked the Mayor to accept the statue as the memorial of the work of A GREAT ENGLISH WOMAN. Whether they built statues to her or what every form the memorials might take, it was only right that her life and her life's work should have some permanent record in her native county. They marked that day as an auspicious one as they in their generation had done something to recognise the work which Florence Nightingale did not only for her own generation but for their generation and generations yet to come. (Applause) It would indeed be a task of some difficulty to attempt in any form or shape to go through the work which she actually did in her own lifetime or in any way to trace adequately the effect of what her work had, or what it would have, on succeeding generations. It was through her courage, perseverance and intense faith in her own righteousness that she undertook the work, and that day they saw in everything which came into their perspective as far as nursing, health and high ideals were concerned, traces of the work which she die. (Hear, Hear) They owned a very great debt of gratitude to those who by their assistance and subscriptions had enabled the statue to be erected. He took the opportunity of thinking the Mayor on behalf of the subscribers for work he had done and work done by predecessors in connection with the Corporation and the ready assistance they gave. (Hear, Hear) The statue as the form of memorial might not have commended itself to all but it was the solution which he cordially supported, and he hoped it would commend itself now to all who possibly might not, have agreed with it in the beginning. (Hear, Hear) They felt they were quite justified in asking the Countess Gleichen to undertake the work., and they required no justification of the action they took. They saw the statue he had the pleasure of unveiling. It would be an impertinence on his part, said his Grave, if he attempted to criticise or to flatter. He wished to do neither, but only to insist on one thing, that THE REAL CHARACTERISTIC Of Florence Nightingale's life, her intense and sincere sympathy, had been faithfully and adequately portrayed. He felt that the Mayor would be justified in asking his successors in the high office which he adorned to see that adequate and full care was taken of the statue (Applause) The Mayor said it gave his great pleasure as Mayor of Derby, and acting on behalf not only of its citizens but of the inhabitants of the whole county of Derby, to take charge of that beautiful statue of the great woman whose name added lustre to the distinguished list of famous men and women which their county was entitled to claim as its own. It was claimed, and with truth, that the name of Florence nightingale would rank among those great and good women whose beneficent influence had helped the world. She had been called 'A business-like Saint', 'The heroine of the Nation', 'The friend of all the world.' She might have lived a life of ease and self enjoyment - she put ease and self enjoyment away from her in order that she might serve humanity (Hear, Hear) Her childhood was marked by sympathy with the suffering, she equipped herself for her life's work by her studies in her youth, and after her great struggle as the Lady of the Lamp against disease and disaster to the suffering in the military hospitals of the Crimea, she applied the lessons she had learned in the war against arms, to the war against disease. It had been said that her life was unique - that there was no parallel record of the combination of the highest feminine tact with the highest masculine energy, perseverance, and determination. Her life a mark which would endure throughout the ages for its purity, its subjugation of self and its embodiment of an alliance between goodness and practicability (Hear, Hear) The memorial would do more than perpetuate the memory of a great Derbyshire woman. A great stream of life flowed daily by the gates of this great Infirmary. To all who passed by, to their children and to their children's children, as long as Derby lasted, that statue would be an incitement to duty, a sermon in stone an imperishable reminder and stimulus to all those who had eyes to see and consciences to be stirred to good deeds, an influence ever pointing to the great example which they might follow in their humble spheres. He had both pride and pleasure on behalf of Derby and Derbyshire in accepting the guardianship of that memorial to one of the world's greatest women (Applause)'.