Seductress is the second in our series exploring the many fascinating identities Emma Hamilton held throughout her life. Few traces survive from these early years, but what evidence remains?
‘among other delights, she was known for exhibiting ‘a dozen beautiful Nymphs, unsullied and untainted...who breathe health and nature and who will perform the celebrated rites of Venus, as practised at Tahiti’.
‘You have seen and discoursed with me in my poorer days, you have known me in my poverty and prosperity, and [you know that] I had no occasion to have lived for years in poverty and distress if I had not felt something of virtue in my mind. Oh, my dear friend, for a time I own through distress my virtue was vanquished, but my sense of virtue was not overcome.’