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Dorothy Jordan

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

Dorothy Jordan (Mrs Jordan) (Dorothea Phillips)

Sitter associated with 29 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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Dorothy Jordan as Rosalind, published by George Pulman & Sons, after  John Hoppner - NPG D36741

Dorothy Jordan as Rosalind

published by George Pulman & Sons, after John Hoppner
duotone, early 20th century
NPG D36741

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Dorothy Jordan as Priscilla Tomboy in 'The Romp'

published by Elizabeth Jackson, after Unknown artist
hand-coloured etching, published 22 April 1786
NPG D47415

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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

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Dorothy Jordan in the character of the 'Country Girl'

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

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Dorothy Jordan as Hippolita in Cibber's 'She would and she would not'

by James Heath, published by William Lowndes, after Thomas Stothard
hand-coloured line engraving, published 2 April 1790
NPG D47418

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Dorothy Jordan as Clara in Kenney's 'Matrimony'

after Unknown artist
hand-coloured etching, circa 1800-1810
NPG D47417

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Dorothy Jordan as Sir Harry Wildair in Farquhar's 'The Constant Couple'

by E.R., after Unknown artist
hand-coloured line and stipple engraving, early 19th century (1788)
NPG D47419

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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

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Dorothy Jordan as Peggy in Garrick's 'The Country Girl'

published by J. McCormick, after George Romney
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1 September 1830
NPG D47416

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