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Dorothy Jordan (1761-1816), Actress; mistress of William IV

Dorothy Jordan (Mrs Jordan) (Dorothea Phillips)

Sitter associated with 23 portraits
The Irish Mrs Jordan made her theatrical debut in England and was quickly hailed as London's leading comic actress. In 1790 she became mistress to the Duke of Clarence, afterwards King William IV. Despite the high-society scandal of their relationship, the actress and the Duke lived together for twenty contented years in which she bore him ten illegitimate children. She continued to act, often supporting the profligate Duke from her impressive income. Their life together ended cruelly in 1811 with the advent of the Regency and William's search for an official bride.

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'Mrs Tomboy and The Irish Manager' Dorothy Jordan; Richard Daly)

published by Archibald Hamilton Jr
etching, published 1 January 1787
NPG D14120


Dorothy Jordan in the character of the 'Country Girl'

by John Ogborne, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published 24 June 1788
NPG D8045


Dorothy Jordan

by William Ridley, published by Vernor & Hood, after John Thomas Barber Beaumont (John Thomas Barber)
stipple engraving, published 31 December 1804
NPG D15024