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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; unfinished state before letters, no ton to right of Emma's dress. 1796

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    • 1796
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 385 millimetres (image)
    • Width: 297 millimetres (image)
    • Height: 458 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 308 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Annotated in brown ink on the verso 'Bovi May 2 1796'.
  • 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).


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    British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy

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  • Acquisition date

    1837 (before)

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    Prints & Drawings

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