A charming Victorian white marble figure of ‘Florence’ by Charles E. Smith


A charming Victorian white marble figure of ‘Florence’ by Charles E. Smith,

showing a pensive young girl with ringlets looking down as she bunches a draped cloth at her wrist, leaning against a rock with one foot raised, set on the original grey marble column carved with a floral garland and ‘Florence’ in gilt, signed C E Smith Sc. Liverpool, circa 1867. 

Height of figure:  41 ½ in., 105.5cm.
Height overall:     73 ½ in., 187cm. Width 22in, 56cm.  Depth 17in., 43cm. approx. 




Liverpool Fine Art Institute 1865

Edward Robert Bickersteth FRCS,
Mary Florence Dickinson (née Bickersteth) of Red How
and thence by descent.


The Bickersteth and Dickinson Families     


            Exhbition Catalogue entry                    The bridal party with Florence fourth from the left in the bottom row.


Florence (1860-1922) was born into a respected medical family in Liverpool, three generations of which held the prestigious post of ‘Surgeon at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary’. Her father, Edward Robert Bickersteth (1828-1908), studied medicine at Edinburgh and St Bartholomew’s, London. He supported Joseph Lister’s early work on antiseptics and married the sister of fellow student Charles Murchison. He built up a large surgical practice, founded a private nursing home and taught clinical and systematic surgery until 1888. From then onwards he was a member of the Hospital Committee, until he became president of the Infirmary in 1904, residing mainly in Craig-y-Don, Anglesey, where he also kept a yacht. On his death he left a considerable sum to the building of a new Out-patient Department. He had two sons and three daughters, the youngest of whom was Mary Florence, known as Florence.


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