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Emma Hamilton, in one of dozens of portraits by George Romney, at the height of her beauty in the 1780s

Emma Hamilton (Lady Hamilton) (April 26, 1765 - January 16, 1815) is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson. Download high resolution version (566x683, 47 KB)Emma Hamilton from http://www. ... Download high resolution version (566x683, 47 KB)Emma Hamilton from http://www. ... There have been two notable figures named George Romney: George Romney (1734-1802) - English portrait painter. ... April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (117th in leap years). ... 1765 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1815 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The term mistress is the feminine form of the word master. ... Lord Nelson Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (September 29, 1758 – October 21, 1805) was a British admiral who won fame as a leading naval commander. ...


She was born either Emma or Amy Lyon in Cheshire, England, the daughter of a blacksmith, and was brought up at Hawarden. She later changed her name to Emma Hart. This article is about the English county. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Hawarden (pronounced Harden; Welsh: Penarlâg) is a small town in North Wales a few miles from the city of Chester. ...


By 1782 she was already notorious in London society, having been the mistress of several men and the model of the "Goddess of Health" for James Graham, a Scottish "quack" doctor. It was rumoured that she had had a child by a "patron," Sir Harry Featherstonehaugh, named Emma Carew, who was sent to live with her grandmother in Wales, where she remained the rest of her life. 1782 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English(100%), Welsh(20. ...


She was living with Charles Francis Greville who sent her to Naples to be the mistress of his uncle, Sir William Hamilton, a diplomat, in return for Hamilton's payment of Greville's debts. She and Hamilton married on September 6, 1791 at St. Georges, Hanover Square, London. Location within Italy Naples (Italian Napoli, Neapolitan Napule, from Greek Νέα Πόλις - Néa Pólis - meaning New City) is the largest city in southern Italy and capital of Campania Region. ... William Hamilton Sir William Douglas Hamilton (December 30, 1730 - April 6, 1803) was a Scottish diplomat, antiquarian, archaeologist and volcanologist. ... September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... 1791 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...

Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante, by Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, 1790-1791: Vesuvius, another interest of Sir Charles', takes second place

She became a close friend of Queen Marie Caroline, wife of Ferdinand I of Naples, as a result of which she met Nelson in 1793, who was to gather reinforcements against the French. He returned to Naples five years later a living legend. However, Nelson's adventures had prematurely aged him: he had lost an arm, most of his teeth, and was a semi-cripple wracked by coughing spells. Emma reportedly fainted when she saw him. Still, she nursed him under her husband's roof, and arranged a party with 1,800 guests to celebrate his 40th birthday. Their relationship seems to have been tolerated, and perhaps encouraged, by Sir William, who showed nothing but admiration and respect for Nelson, and vice-versa. Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante, by Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, painted at Naples, 1790–1791. ... Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante, by Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, painted at Naples, 1790–1791. ... Self-portrait, 1782 Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (April 16, 1755 - March 30, 1842) was a French painter, the most famous woman painter of the 18th century. ... Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Monte Vesuvio) is a volcano east of Naples, Italy, located at 40°49′N 14°26′ E. It is the only active volcano on the European mainland, although it is not currently erupting. ... HM Queen Marie Caroline of Naples and Sicily Her Majesty Queen Marie Caroline of Naples and Sicily née Her Imperial & Royal Highness Archduchess Marie Caroline of Austria (13 August 1752- 8 September 1814) was queen consort and de facto ruler of Naples from 1768 to 1799 and from 1799... King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (January 12, 1751 - January 4, 1825). ... 1793 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ...


Emma gave birth to Horatia Nelson Thompson on January 3, 1801 at Merton Place, a farm in Norfolk. Sir William died in 1803. From Sir William's death, Emma lived openly with Nelson in a small house in Merton (South London). January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1801 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1803 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Wimbledon, best known for much of the 20th century as the home of the Wimbledon tennis championships, is a town in south-west London. ... South London is the area of Greater London south of the River Thames. ...


After Nelson's death in 1805, Emma quickly exhausted the inheritance she had received from Sir William, and by 1813, she was deeply in debt. In spite of Nelson's status as a national hero, the instructions he left to the government to care for Emma were ignored. She died of alcoholism in Calais in 1815. 1805 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1813 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Alcoholism is an addictive dependency on alcohol characterized by craving (a strong need to drink), loss of control (being unable to stop drinking despite a desire to do so), physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms, and tolerance (increasing difficulty of becoming drunk). ... The Burghers of Calais, by Rodin, with Calais Hotel de Ville behind Location within France Calais is a city in northern France, located at 50°57N 1°52E. It is in the département of Pas-de-Calais, of which it is a sous-préfecture. ... 1815 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


References

  • Mollie Hardwick, Emma, Lady Hamilton (1969)
  • Norah Lofts, Emma Hamilton (1978)
  • Oliver Warner, Emma Hamilton and Sir William (1960)

Paul C. Doherty is a British writer, with a doctorate in history from Oxford, who writes historical mysteries and novels under the pennames Anna Apostolou, Michael Clynes, Ann Dukthas, C. L. Grace, Paul Harding, and Mollie Hardwick. ...

External link

  • 'Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante' (http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/picture-of-month/displaypicture.asp?venue=7&id=119) in the Lady Lever Art Gallery (http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever/index.asp)

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Emma Hamilton - National Maritime Museum (292 words)
Emma, born Amy Lyon in 1765, was the beautiful daughter of a Cheshire flsmith.
Emma was then ‘protected’ and educated by Charles Greville who, in 1786, passed her on to his widowed uncle, Sir William Hamilton, the British envoy at Naples.
The Hamiltons cared for the wounded Nelson after the Battle of the Nile in 1798, and Emma and Nelson became lovers in 1799 during the highly charged events surrounding the French invasion of Naples.
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