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Emma, Lady Hamilton

PAD3239
Fine art

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Collection Fine art, Prints, drawings and watercolours
User collections K+ Emma Hamilton by MigenaC
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Hamilton, Emma

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Object ID PAD3239
Description Technique includes stipple. Hand-coloured. A print showing Emma Hamilton gazing upwards. She wears an empire-line dress and a loosely bound turban. The soft tones of the engraving are intended to imitate a watercolour sketch with a slight colouring of blush to the face. Apart from the drawing around the face and bodice, there is an absence of detailing. Although the identity of the artist is unknown, Emma became an experienced model through her many sittings for artists including George Romney, who also painted a portrait of her wearing a similar white turban. In 1791 Sir William Hamilton and Emma were married in London, after which she never sat to Romney again. Emma was renowned for her performances, in London or Naples. Her stage repertoire included the so-called 'attitudes' inspired by the gestures of famous Greek and Roman sculptures and figures decorating Greek vases, which she performed for notable visitors to Naples, where Sir William was British ambassador. Emma became famous for her ability to create and hold poses evoking a range of emotions and scenarios.
Date made 18th century

Artist/Maker British School, 18th century
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials engraving, hand-coloured stipple
Measurements Primary support: 328 mm x 257 mm
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