Portrait of Emma Hart [later Lady Hamilton] as Miranda

George Romney, English, 1734 - 1802

Geography:
Made in Great Britain, Europe

Date:
1785 or 1786

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
14 1/8 x 15 1/2 inches (35.9 x 39.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

* Gallery 298, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

Accession Number:
M1928-1-34

Credit Line:
The John Howard McFadden Collection, 1928

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Label:
Emma Hart, a beautiful woman of modest means, gained fame through her liaisons with English aristocrats. While married to Sir William Hamilton, British ambassador to Naples, she openly carried on a stormy romance with the naval hero Admiral Lord Nelson. In her youth she was one of Romney's favorite models. She is shown here as Miranda, the heroine of Shakespeare's Tempest, at the moment in act I, scene 2 when she begs her magician father Prospero to spare sailors shipwrecked in a storm he had raised.


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