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    Emma, Lady Hamilton, dancing the tarantella, stepping away from the viewer on the right as her partner steps forward, passing under the arch formed by their joined hands. 1796
    Stipple printed in colours

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    • 1796
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 385 millimetres
    • Width: 297 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered "Drawn by Wm Locke Esq / London Published by Mno Bovi N.207 Piccadilly May 2d 1796 / Engraved by Mno Bovi"
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Ian Jenkins & Kim Sloan, 'Vases & Volcanoes', BM 1996 cat.157:

    The engraver and print-seller Mariano Bovi (see also 1871,1209.617) had been sent to England by Ferdinand IV to study under Bartolozzi. An exhibition of the extensive stock held in 1802 in his rooms in Piccadilly included drawings and furniture prints as well as the usual decorative stipple engravings. Many of the drawings he engraved were by well-known amateurs, including Lady Diana Beauclerk, Lady Bessborough and the Countess Spencer. The print after William Lock's drawing was titled 'The Two Sisters' in the 1802 catalogue (no. 48, price £0.7.6 in colours). The original drawing by Lock (1906,0719.4) came into the British Museum identified as Lady Hamilton dancing the tarantella, and there is another edition of Bovi's print lettered below the image "Grace is in all their steps, &c. Milton". The impression owned by Walter Sichel, Emma's biographer (reproduced opp. p. 109) was inscribed in pencil "Lady Hamilton". Bovi's print was probably issued without Lady Hamilton's name for reasons of propriety - the same reason Friedrich Rehberg's set of her 'Attitudes' did not identify her as the original subject (1873,0809.131 -143).


  • Bibliography

    • Jenkins & Sloan 1996 157 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Mounted Roy

  • Exhibition history

    1996, London BM, 'Vases and Volcanoes: Sir William Hamilton and his collection', cat.157

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    9 January 1996

    Treatment proposal

    Lift, remove verso debris. Repair as necessary. Hinge to mount and stamp.


    Adhered to mount. Silverfish damage to surface of support.

    Treatment details

    Lifted from mount by undercutting with a scalpel. Debris removed with a Cellofas B3500 (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose) poultice. Adhesive residue over whole of verso not removed with poultice, or by swabbing with moist cotton wool. Print washed for 3 hours total to remove adhesive, verso swabbed with cotton wool after removal from water. Pressed. Areas of skinning supported with Japanese paper and Abra starch (wheat starch). Infilled losses with a similar paper using Abra starch (wheat starch) paste. Toned with Winsor and Newton artist's watercolours (organic,inorganic pigments,gum arabic). Areas of silverfish damage to surface resized with 0.5% solution of Cellofas B3500 (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose) and burnished lightly with a bone folder. Loss caused by silverfish infilled with pulp and toned with Winsor and Newton artist's watercolours (organic,inorganic pigments,gum arabic). Pressed.

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Emma, Lady Hamilton, dancing the tarantella.  1796
Stipple printed in colours

Emma, Lady Hamilton, dancing the tarantella. 1796 Stipple printed in colours

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