Vindication of Nelson and
Emma Hamilton in Naples

by John Paget

The Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine published in January 1860 a virulent critic of the Elements of drawing (1857) by the art critic and social commentator John Ruskin (1819 - 1900). See pp 40-42.

In that book he was unlucky to write - comparing Nelson to Leonidas - "Nelson has the most rigid sense of duty and --- you must supply my pause with your charity".

A critic of the great Nelson couldn't be left unpunished in Victorian England. So John Paget (1811 - 1898), a police magistrate, author and contributor of the BM, published a passionate vindication of Nelson and Emma Hamilton conduct in Naples in the numbers of March (p 320) and April (p 417).

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