Only Connect - Emma Hamilton <> Horatio Nelson

How are these sitters connected?


Emma, Lady Hamilton, by Richard Cosway, circa 1801 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emma, Lady Hamilton
by Richard Cosway
circa 1801
NPG 2941

Horatio Nelson, by Henry Edridge, 1802 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Horatio Nelson
by Henry Edridge
1802
NPG 879

The connection
Horatio Nelson’s adulterous romance with Emma Hamilton was a public scandal. Soon after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar, souvenir porcelain was on sale featuring them both.

Find out more about Hamilton connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Explore other Hamilton connections

NPG D12137 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emma Hamilton <> Joseph Haydn

NPG 1678 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emma Hamilton <> Richard Cosway

NPG D35272 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emma Hamilton <> William Hamilton


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