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When Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun met Emma Hamilton

9 July 2016 by Xanthe

painting of a woman holding a tambourine

‘Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante’ by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun

We know quite a lot about Vigée Le Brun’s portrait of Emma Hamilton, and what she thought of Emma, because in the mid 1820s, towards the end of a long painting career of more than 50 years, she decided to write up her diaries and publish them as memoirs in 1836-37.

Vigée first met Emma when the artist arrived in Naples in 1790, having fled Paris with her 9 year old daughter, at the start of the French Revolution in 1789. Vigée was given refuge by the Queen of Naples, the sister of the French Queen Marie-Antoinette, whose favourite portrait painter was Vigée. When she fled Paris she left her art-dealer husband, Jean-Baptiste Le Brun, behind to protect the family house and studio contents. He was later forced by the French Revolutionary government to divorce her to retain their property. She spent the next 12 years travelling around the courts of continental Europe visiting cities in Italy, Austria and Russia, making a successful living by painting portraits of royalty, aristocrats and their courtiers.  Read more…

Lady Hamilton restored and rediscovered

30 March 2016 by David Crombie

Lady Hamilton's face

Detail of Lady Hamilton’s face from the painting, after conservation.

In summer 2015 Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun’s painting Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante from the Lady Lever Art Gallery was conserved by Kristina Mandy. Kristina joined National Museums Liverpool as a paintings conservator on a six month contract from May to November 2015. She describes her work on the painting, which you can now see back on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery:

“During my contract at National Museums Liverpool I had the fantastic opportunity to conserve this beautiful portrait of Lady Hamilton from the early 1790s. Read more…

The Lady Lever’s star objects: slavery medallion

7 October 2015 by Lisa

medallion-blogWhile the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s South End galleries are closed for redevelopment, we have chosen a selection of ‘star objects’ from these galleries that you can now see online. Here is our Senior Curator of Art Galleries, Alyson Pollard, to tell us about one of her favourites:  Read more…

Designing our online collections

3 September 2015 by Lynn

Our new design.

Our new design.

Tibetan robes, watercolours, Egyptian mummies and frogs – what do they have in common? They’re all part of our vast and varied collections!

We’ve been looking at how we can present the items from our collections, better online. Because we have such diverse collections, it’s really difficult to find a single way to do this. As well as decorative and fine art collections, we have collections of insects, birds, plants, social history, medals, ships, models, maritime archives and items associated with slavery. And that’s just some of them! Read more…

Josiah Wedgwood and his legacy

12 July 2014 by Laura

Ceramic plaque

Wedgwood tablet depicting Diana visiting Endymion

Over 200 years ago, on 12 July 1730, the English potter Josiah Wedgwood was born. Founder of the Wedgwood company, he become one of the most influential ceramic manufacturers in the world and earned the title ‘The Father of English Potters’. Read more…



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