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Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton (Baptised 1765-1815), Mistress of Lord Nelson

Sitter in 28 portraits
Emma achieved celebrity through her beauty, personal vitality and skills as a performer. She is principally remembered as the artist George Romney's 'muse' and for her love affair with Nelson. Emma fell in love with Nelson after the Battle of the Nile (1798), when she and her husband William Hamilton, the British Ambassador at Naples, offered the wounded victor hospitality. Emma and Nelson returned to England in 1800 where a daughter was born. The affair was an international scandal, but it enhanced Nelson's reputation as a romantic hero. At his death, in 1805, Nelson entrusted Emma's care to the nation, but this was ignored by the government. She died in poverty in France in 1813.

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D35247

Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante

by Henry Sigismund Uhlrich, after George Romney
lithograph of wood engraving, published 29 April 1876 (circa 1786)
NPG D35247

D14103

Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton

by Tommaso Piroli, after Friedrich Rehberg
etching, (1794)
NPG D14103

D14104

Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton

by Tommaso Piroli, after Friedrich Rehberg
etching, (1794)
NPG D14104

D14105

Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton

by Tommaso Piroli, after Friedrich Rehberg
etching, (1794)
NPG D14105

D14106

Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton

by Tommaso Piroli, after Friedrich Rehberg
etching, (1794)
NPG D14106

D14107

Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton

by Tommaso Piroli, after Friedrich Rehberg
etching, (1794)
NPG D14107

D14108

Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton

by Tommaso Piroli, after Friedrich Rehberg
etching, (1794)
NPG D14108

D14101

Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton

by Jean Condé, published by James Asperne, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1803 (circa 1782-1786)
NPG D14101