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Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton ('Alope')

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Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton ('Alope'), by Richard Earlom, published by  John Boydell, published by  Josiah Boydell, after  George Romney, published 1 August 1787 - NPG D35240 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Emma (née Lyon), Lady Hamilton ('Alope')

by Richard Earlom, published by John Boydell, published by Josiah Boydell, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1787
11 7/8 in. x 15 1/2 in. (303 mm x 393 mm) plate size; 14 5/8 in. x 18 1/8 in. (370 mm x 461 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1951
Reference Collection
NPG D35240

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  • John Boydell (1720-1804), Engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 127 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
  • Josiah Boydell (1752-1817), Artist and publisher. Artist associated with 66 portraits.
  • Richard Earlom (1743-1822), Engraver. Artist associated with 107 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 159 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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When the print market took off in the mid-eighteenth century it provided the public with affordable portraits of celebrities and the famous. Emma Hamilton's likeness was seen in numerous paintings that were reproduced in engravings of different sizes and prices. Many were based on portraits by George Romney who was captivated by Emma. He portrayed her in many different guises - a voluptuous bacchante, as Alope, the great beauty from classical mythology, or as 'love-lorn' Kate from William Cowper's 'The Task'. Prints such as these, which could be owned by many people, were
integral to the construction of Emma's celebrity status.

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