Where do you go to my lovely by Peter Sarstedt (1969)
This song has always reminded me of the life of Emma, Lady Hamilton (1761-1815) the infamous mistress of Admiral Lord Nelson. From very lowly beginnings, Emma managed to work her way from being a maid in a theatre to being the mistress and then wife of Sir William Hamilton, British envoy to Naples, before having a scandalous affair with Lord Nelson.
Most of the images are of Emma herself. She was the muse of the portrait painter George Romney, who painted her countless times. There are a few painted by other artists including Gavin Hamilton and Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun. There are also a couple of paintings of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire who I cast as Marlene Dietrich as it seemed appropriate. I couldnt find a suitable picture of Emma with diamonds and pearls in her hair, so I used Pauline Bonapartes magnificent tiara. The apartment is 20 Portman Square, London, designed by Robert Adam and the next image is of the square itself. Emma didnt live there, I just liked it. Sacha Distel is Lord Byron. I took a liberty here as he is really a bit late for this story, although he was alive at the same time as Emma. The nude cartoon is actually meant to be Emma modelling and I followed that with an image of the Royal Academys Summer Exhibition, although Romney was never actually a member of the Royal Academy and actually held it in disdain. Juan-les-Pines is Bath, with was the most fashionable holiday destination in Georgian England and Emma did actually live there in later life. For Napoleon Brandy I used a cartoon by James Gilray from 1803 of Napoleon himself. The Aga Khan is the Prince Regent and the horse was a real race horse named Whistlejacket and immortalised by George Stubbs. The millionaire is actually her husband, Sir William Hamilton who by todays standards would have been a millionaire. The image for Naples is Mount Vesuvius painted by Gavin Hamilton, which would have been visible from where Emma and Sir William lived. And for an image of begging I used Gin Lane by William Hogarth it is a little early for Emma having been drawn in 1751. The beds were all designed by Thomas Chippendale for various English stately homes. The other images are fashion prints, paintings or cartoons contemporary to Emma. The snow scene is by the German painter Caspar David Friedrich and the two nightmares are by Henry Fuseli.
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