No. XXXII. The Venus de Medicis. No. XXXIII. The Consular Artist.
Engraving. Plate: 170 x 110mm, (6¾ x 4¼"). Small hole in plate to the right of Hamilton's portrait, small margins.
Two portrait busts set in ovals. On the right Sir William Hamilton (1731-1803) and on the right Emma Hart (1765-1815). In the mid 1780s Hamilton met Hart who was at the time mistress of his nephew Charles Greville. Hamilton, a collector of antiquarian objects saw Hart as a living Venus de Medici and took her as his mistress. Hamilton and Hart would eventually marry in 1791, and as Lady Hamilton, Emma notably became the mistress of Lord Nelson. Sir William, Emma Hamilton and Nelson famously lived together in London in a menage à trois which facinated society. From 'Histories of the Tête à Tête annexed...' series that appeared in 'Town and Country Magazine', a monthy magazine which featured articles on the scandals and romantic affairs of nobility.
BM Satire 7708.
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