Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity explores the remarkable yet tragic life of the mistress who captured the heart of the Nation’s hero, Horatio Nelson.

Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity explores the remarkable yet tragic life of the mistress who captured the heart of the Nation’s hero, Horatio Nelson, and in turn became one of the most famous international celebrities of her time. Captivating Europe with her beauty and achievements, Emma was feted by kings and queens and became the muse to many artists, only to end out her dying days in Calais after being imprisoned for debt after Nelson’s death. This exhibition brings together over 200 objects, many of which have never been on public display before, including a wealth of paintings, personal letters, prints and caricatures, costume and jewellery that illuminate Emma’s extraordinary and dramatic tale. Highlights from the exhibition include exceptional fine art by George Romney, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence; key letters from Emma and her lovers; her prized, personal possessions including one of the betrothal rings exchanged between her and Nelson; her songbooks and decorative objects that illustrate her celebrated attitudes.