Lady Hamilton Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

November 2016

Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton, circa 1765-1815 (also formerly known as 'Lady Hamilton as Ariadne'). George Romney. BHC2736

Credit: NMM BHC2736

An exhibition on the life of Emma, Lady Hamilton, is to be staged at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Born into poverty in 1765, she rose to be a muse for famous artists, an influential ambassador’s wife, a European cultural icon, and mistress to Vice Admiral Lord Nelson – before facing prison and dying in destitution. Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity traces her spectacular career from rags to riches and back again through over 200 objects, great paintings by George Romney, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Thomas Lawrence, and heartfelt letters between Emma and her lovers.

Opening on 3rd November 2016, the exibition will last until 17th April 2017 and includes a series of events such as a screening of Alexander Korda’s classic, 1941 film “That Hamilton Woman”, starring Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, and guided walks around St. James’ and Mayfair for a closer look into Emma’s life.

Tickets to see Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity can be purchased here, while a book to accompany the exhibition, written by Dr. Quentin Colville, Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum, and Emma Hamilton’s biographer, Professor Kate Williams of the University of Reading , is also available.

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