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Emma, Lady Hamilton. By Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun

Emma, Lady Hamilton, was a contemporary of Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire. Georgiana knew and liked Lady Hamilton.

If you like Lady Hamilton, or want to learn more about her, there is currently an exhibit at a book club in New York city. More info about “The Enchantress: Emma, Lady Hamilton”, at the Grolier Club until April 30, 2011, can be found at their link, and at the “read more” below.

I have become fascinated with Lady Hamilton party because of the movie “That Hamilton Woman”, with Vivien Leigh as Lady Hamilton, and with Leigh’s then husband, Laurence Olivier, as Lord Horatio Nelson. The movie is exquisite.

My favorite part of the movie is the way it explores the relationships between men and women, caught in a sexist society, where divorce is more of a shame than affairs, courtesans, or cruelty. And, I love the line uttered by the character of Lord Nelson, “That’s the way people look at these things. They do not believe in a friendship between a man and a woman.” I think that the tension that occurs — partly by nature, partly by a skeptical, sexist society — when a man and a woman try to be friends or colleagues is a large part of the energy that keeps women from succeeding in business, or fairly taking part in governing.

For an excellent review of the Grolier Club exhibit, see the Scandalous Women article: here. A quick biography of Emma, Lady Hamilton can be found at one of my favorite history blogs, The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: here.

Info on the exhibit: (more…)

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The name says nearly all of it. Though, I also wanted to mention that it is very woman focused.

The site has a lovely, deep vibe of harmony. And, it has meaningful and inspiring art of various kinds which may be able to warm up your winter and make you remember new directions.

Worth a visit to: graceloveandpolitics. (I stumbled upon it because it was linked in with a story at my other website.)

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Thanks to Heather at the Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century for this link:

Fuchsia’s 18th Century Dress Project

This blog has wonderful photos of whole dresses, parts of dresses, and sewing materials to make your own dress.  A very interesting study in fashion and fashion design.

From the about page:

I created this blog simply to document the process of my making a whole 18th century outfit – complete with stays, pocket hoops, petticoat, stomacher and stuff. I have the ambition to do at least 80-90% by hand and in as time typical materials as possible.

I might also feuture tips, tricks, how-to’s and other related things I’ve found in my search for inspiration.

An example of an 18th century dress found at Wikimedia Commons:

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Websites about Georgiana and her time:

The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century
This site has interesting content about Georgiana, Marie Antoinette (her friend) and other 18th century women. The website is very visually appealing. It offers books and products for sale intertwined in its content. Put up by Heather Carroll.

Places to find images of Georgiana and her surroundings:

Olga’s Gallery
A site with a wonderful collections of  art, organized by artist, country, period/movement, etc.

Georgiana entry at Wikimedia Commons
At Wikipedia, some of the images of Georgiana are public domain (no copyright)

Chatsworth
Chatsworth estate (the Derbyshire home of the Dukes of Devonshire). Chatsworth was used for the movie The Duchess, and also for the 2005 movie “Pride and Prejudice.” The history page of the Chatsworth website lists all the Dukes and Duchesses from the 1st Duke who started building Chatsworth in 1552, through the family of the 11th Duke (married to the Hon. Deborah Mitford, daughter of Lord Redesdale, who published many books about Chatsworth), up to the present Duke, the 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish who succeeded his father in May 2004.

Websites about Women’s History in general: (more…)

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