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Dorothy Jordan

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

Dorothy Jordan (Mrs Jordan) (Dorothea Phillips)

Sitter associated with 24 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, by John Hoppner - NPG L174

Dorothy Jordan

by John Hoppner
oil on canvas, exhibited 1791
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L174

Dorothy Jordan as Viola in 'Twelfth Night', by Unknown artist - NPG D20567

Dorothy Jordan as Viola in 'Twelfth Night'

by Unknown artist
hand-coloured line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D20567

Dorothy Jordan in the Character of the Comic Muse, by and published by Thomas Park, after  John Hoppner - NPG D36742

Dorothy Jordan in the Character of the Comic Muse

by and published by Thomas Park, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, published 1 August 1787 (1786)
NPG D36742

Dorothy Jordan in the Character of the Comic Muse, by and published by Thomas Park, after  John Hoppner - NPG D36743

Dorothy Jordan in the Character of the Comic Muse

by and published by Thomas Park, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, published July 1787 (1786)
NPG D36743

Dorothy Jordan as Lucy in 'The Virgin Unmasked', by Unknown artist - NPG D4418

Dorothy Jordan as Lucy in 'The Virgin Unmasked'

by Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1787
NPG D4418

Dorothy Jordan, by John Ogborne, after  George Romney - NPG D8046

Dorothy Jordan

by John Ogborne, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published 24 June 1788
NPG D8046

Dorothy Jordan, by John Ogborne, published by  John Boydell, and published by  Josiah Boydell, after  George Romney - NPG D15037

Dorothy Jordan

by John Ogborne, published by John Boydell, and published by Josiah Boydell, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published 24 June 1788
NPG D15037

Dorothy Jordan as Hypolita, by and published by John Jones, after  John Hoppner - NPG D3324

Dorothy Jordan as Hypolita

by and published by John Jones, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, published 1 March 1791 (exhibited 1791)
NPG D3324

'The devil to pay; - the wife metamorphos'd, or Neptune reposing, after fording the Jordan', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13006

'The devil to pay; - the wife metamorphos'd, or Neptune reposing, after fording the Jordan'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 24 October 1791
NPG D13006

'Lubber's-hole, - alias - the crack'd Jordan' Dorothy Jordan; King William IV), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13007

'Lubber's-hole, - alias - the crack'd Jordan' Dorothy Jordan; King William IV)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 November 1791
NPG D13007

'Vices overlook'd in the new proclamation', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12456

'Vices overlook'd in the new proclamation'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 24 May 1792
NPG D12456

'La promenade en famille - a sketch from life', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12611

'La promenade en famille - a sketch from life'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 April 1797
NPG D12611

Dorothy Jordan, by James Heath, after  John Russell - NPG D3323

Dorothy Jordan

by James Heath, after John Russell
stipple engraving, published 1802
NPG D3323

'L'assemblée nationale: - or - grand cooperation meeting at St Ann's Hill', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13107

'L'assemblée nationale: - or - grand cooperation meeting at St Ann's Hill'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 18 June 1804
NPG D13107

Dorothy Jordan, by Mackenzie - NPG D23541

Dorothy Jordan

by Mackenzie
stipple engraving, published 1805
NPG D23541

'Comedy' (Dorothy Jordan), by James Godby, after  Sir Robert Ker Porter - NPG D3322

'Comedy' (Dorothy Jordan)

by James Godby, after Sir Robert Ker Porter
stipple engraving, published 1806
NPG D3322

Dorothy Jordan as Nell, probably by John Rogers, published by  Simpkin and Marshall, published by  C. Chapple, after  O. Steeden - NPG D3321

Dorothy Jordan as Nell

probably by John Rogers, published by Simpkin and Marshall, published by C. Chapple, after O. Steeden
stipple engraving, published 1824
NPG D3321

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