Emma Hamilton's Hair

June 10 2020

Image of Emma Hamilton's Hair

Picture: Charles Miller Ltd.

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A lock of Emma Hamilton's hair is coming up for sale at Charles Miller Ltd. next month.

Lady Emma Hamilton (1765-1815) was a celebrated performer, muse and celebrity in late Georgian Britain. Her likeness was captured many times by leading artists including the likes of Romney, Reynolds, Vigée Le Brun and Kauffman. She is more widely known for having become the mistress of Admiral Horatio Nelson.

The lock was previously owned by the antiquarian Alfred Morrison who published a catalogue of Emma and Nelson's correspondence in 1893-4. The estimate for this curious piece of history is £500-£700.

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