European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Portrait of Emma Hart [later Lady Hamilton] as Miranda
1785 or 1786
George Romney, English, 1734 - 1802
Oil on canvas
M1928-1-34The John Howard McFadden Collection, 1928
LabelEmma 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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