Curran, Amelia

BORN 1775, Dublin - DIED 1847, Roma, Lazio
BIRTH NAME Curran, Amelia Maria
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Church of St. Isidore, Via di S. Isidoro (near Via degli Artisti)

Daughter of the Irish statesman John Philpot Curran (1750-1817). In 1810 she met William Godwin and Aaron Burr, who was in England at that time. She also met Percy Bysshe Shelley, whose wife Harriet didn't like her.

She befriended Shelley and his second wife Mary in Rome when she was in residence there as a student. She painted Shelley's portrait in 1819 and it's the only portrait in existence of the mature Shelley that was painted from life. She also painted Claire Clairmont and this painting is now in Newstead Abbey, once the place of residence of Lord Byron.

In 1821 she went to Naples where she became a Roman Catholic. In 1822 she moved on to Paris and in 1824 she returned to Rome, where she lived until her death. When she died in 1847 John Henry Newman led the funeral service.

• Father: Curran, John Philpot

Related persons
• painted Clairmont, Claire
• met Godwin, William
• was a friend of Shelley, Mary
• was a friend of Shelley, Percy Bysshe
• painted Shelley, Percy Bysshe

8/5/1819Percy Bysshe Shelley sits for a portrait by Amelia Curran. He posed on May 8th and 9th in Rome. The portrait was never finished. After Shelley's death Mary asked if she could have it. Amelia Curran answered from Paris that she had wanted to burn it because it was bad but that she hadn't done so. In May 1825 she sent the portrait to Mary from Rome. [Shelley, Mary][Shelley, Percy Bysshe]


Portrait of Claire Clairmont by Amelia Curran in Newstead Abbey.
Picture by Androom (21 Jun 2009)


• Feldman, Paula R. and Diana Scott-Kilvert, The Journals of Mary Shelley, 1814-1844, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1987
Amelia Curran - Wikipedia

Curran, John Philpot

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 20 Feb 2022