Amelia Curran

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Amelia Curran (1775-1847) was an Irish painter.

She was the eldest daughter of the heroic barrister and wit John Philpot Curran. Her mother deserted the family. Her sister Sarah is famous for being the fiancee of Robert Emmet.

She travelled to Italy in her twenties where she met Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary, and became a close friend of the couple. She painted several portraits of Percy.

In 1812, Percy travelled to Ireland to campaign against the injustices of the British Government. Amelia acted as his travelling companion, and introduced him to her father, who was a figurehead of the cause Shelley was championing.

Three of her portraits of Shelley are held by the National Portrait Gallery. One of them can be seen here.