Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante

The wife of Sir William Hamilton, mistress of Lord Horatio Nelson and muse of artist George Romney, Emma Hart Hamilton (c. 1765-1815) was known for her performances at private occasions of tableau-vivant, a series of poses, later called Attitudes, inspired by classical sculpture. Goethe described these performances in his Travels in Italy as follows: “The […]

Mrs. Robinson

Mary Darby Robinson (c. 1757-1800) was an actress, poet, novelist, feminist, and one of the most famous courtesans of her time. She was briefly the mistress of the future George IV who was captivated by her performance as Perdita in Florizel and Perdita, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. The nickname of Perdita stuck […]