Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity
3 November 2016 – 17 April 2017
A show reassessing the dazzling life of an ambitious young woman, beyond her well-known affair with Admiral Lord Nelson.
Famed for her beauty and scandalous affair with Horatio Nelson, Emma Hamilton was 28 and the wife of the British envoy in Naples when she and Nelson, then 35 and a post captain, met. Far more than merely the mistress of Britain’s great naval hero and a muse to George Romney, who first painted her when she was 17, she led a rags-to-riches-and-back life of adventure, romance and political influence, as the National Maritime Museum aims to show by means of 200 objects, letters, costumes, antiquities and paintings.