Only Connect - Emma Hamilton <> William Hamilton

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

A Cognocenti contemplating ye Beauties of ye Antique

A Cognocenti contemplating ye Beauties of ye Antique' (Emma, Lady Hamilton; Horatio Nelson; Sir William Hamilton)
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 11 February 1801
NPG D35272

The connection
Horatio Nelson and William and Emma Hamilton met the composer Franz Joseph Haydn in 1801.  Nelson gave Haydn a watch, and Haydn gave him a pen – both tools of their trades.

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

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NPG 879 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emma Hamilton <> Horatio Nelson

NPG D12137 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emma Hamilton <> Joseph Haydn

NPG 1678 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emma Hamilton <> Richard Cosway


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