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Posted on Friday 2nd December


Emma Hamilton was one of the most famous international celebrities of her time and her life is the ultimate costume drama. Now largely remembered as the woman who captured the heart of the nation’s hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, Emma was an extraordinary woman in her own right. Find out all in the dazzling new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. Now open!

The story of Emma Hamilton is one of female power and achievement in a man’s world, against all odds. Born into poverty in 1765, she rose to be a muse for famous artists, an influential ambassador’s wife, a European cultural icon and Nelson’s mistress – before facing prison and dying in destitution.

The exhibition Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity traces Emma's 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. The exhibition also explores the obstacles and social barriers for a woman of her time in the public eye, many of which still resonate today.


An extraordinary woman in a man's world - our major exhibition has received rave reviews from press and visitors alike. Make the most of the festive season and come explore the extraordinary life of this incredible woman.

5 STARS! The Guardian
"No one in her time could resist Emma Hamilton, and nor will you "

4 STARS! TimeOut
"a lovely, immersive show"

Shappi Khorsandi
"I'm SO looking forward to this exhibition"

Further Reading

That Hamilton Woman

Only £12.99

That Hamilton Woman

(Hardback - 111 pages)
by Barry Gough

Emma Hamilton, much maligned by her contemporaries and later by historians and commentators, rose from the most humble beginnings to play a startling role in Britain’s naval victory over France and Spain in 1805. In this new book Barry Gough, employing the letters between the protagonists, and the unpublished examination of her career by famed American historian of the Royal Navy Arthur Marder, strongly defends Emma. He shows how this most talented of women and… Read more...

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