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The Society Lady Who Brought Ancient Greek Fashion to 18th Century Europe

Lady Hamilton as Circe by George Romney. (Photo: Tate Online/PD 1923.) Known all over Europe for her astonishing beauty, Lady Hamilton accomplished many things in her lifetime. She was considered a key figure in the arts, a muse and patron, and her political influence saved the King and Queen of Naples. As if that wasn’t enough, she also—along with the spread of democratic ideas in the aftermath of the French Revolution, and the discovery of Pompeii—revived the neoclassical style that marks the Regency Period (1795-1825).
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