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Emma, Lady Hamilton (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 a pauper in France in 1813.

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D14103

Emma, Lady Hamilton

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

D14104

Emma, Lady Hamilton

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

D14105

Emma, Lady Hamilton

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

D14106

Emma, Lady Hamilton

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

D14107

Emma, Lady Hamilton

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

D14108

Emma, Lady Hamilton

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

D17508

Emma, Lady Hamilton

by Henry Bone, probably after Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Le Brun
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, July 1803
NPG D17508

D14101

Emma, Lady Hamilton

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