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Charles Eames famously said “design depends largely on constraints.” Which is precisely the same maxim these fantastic nursing recruitment posters from World War I had in mind. Governments across Europe were under huge strain to keep its citizens volunteering for the war effort, especially nurses, who had to deal with the consequences of total war on a deeply personal level. So they came up with a series of posters designed to appeal to women’s ‘nurturing side’.

7. Victor Tardieu (1870-1937) Oil on panel. 8.5 x 10.75 inches. Signed, inscribed and dated, 'Bourbourg 1915'. | ANGELIQUE LUCILLE PRINGLE 1846-1920 | A L Pringle began as a probationer at St Thomas' Hospital in 1868 at the young age of 22.She was soon regarded as an outstanding Probationer by all and acquired the nickname "The Pearl".Florence Nightingale called her their best Probationer. She was amongst the first contingent of trained nurses to be sent to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 1872.She was appointed Matron there in 1874 and remained there until 1887,...