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Image
A4288
Object
PAJ3940
Artist
Johann Heinrich Schmidt
Date
circa 1800
Medium
pastel on paper
Size
440 mm x 330 mm
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A4288

Lady Emma Hamilton

After visiting Vienna on their way home to England, Nelson and his party travelled to Prague and then to Dresden where the court painter Schmidt produced this pastel drawing of Emma together with one of Nelson (see PAJ3939). Schmidt drew this pair of portraits of Nelson and Emma Hamilton from sittings taken there at the Hotel de Pologne early in October that year, where they stayed during their return to England from Naples, with Sir William Hamilton. Nelson subsequently hung it in his cabin when at sea, including in 'Victory' from 1802 to his death at Trafalgar and, according to Emma, called it his 'Guardian Angel'.

© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London