Dido in Despair.
London, H.G.Bohn, 1851. Etching, 255 x 365mm. Coloured. Trimmed from a larger sheet. One repaired tear. After the Battle of the Nile, Nelson recuperated at the home of Sir William Hamiton, a noted antiquary, and Emma, Lady Hamilton, at Naples. Nelson and Emma started a notorious affair, and by the time the three returned to England in November 1800, Emma was seven months pregnant with Nelson?s child. Nelson, promoted to vice-admiral, resumed duty as second-in-command of the Channel Fleet on 17 January 1801. Here Emma watches from the marital bed as Nelson sails off to take his post, leaving her wilth 'the old Antique', her husband in bed behind her. First published 1801.
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