Emma, Lady Hamilton

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Emma, Lady Hamilton, by George Romney, circa 1785 - NPG 294 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Emma, Lady Hamilton

by George Romney
oil on canvas, circa 1785
29 in. x 23 1/2 in. (737 mm x 597 mm)
Purchased, 1870
Primary Collection
NPG 294


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  • George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 156 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.

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The daughter of a Cheshire blacksmith, Emma Hamilton became the mistress of Charles Greville, and later the wife of his uncle, Sir William Hamilton, the celebrated connoisseur who was British Ambassador in Naples. There she met Nelson after his decisive victory at the Nile and became his mistress. Fêted by Romney and other artists for her beauty, she gained a European reputation for her stylish 'tableaux vivants' or 'Attitudes'.

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