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Courtesans


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Mary Anne Clarke (née Thompson)

Mary Anne Clarke (née Thompson)

1776-1852
Mistress of the Duke of York
Sitter in 8 portraits
Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

1640-1709
Mistress of Charles II
Sitter in 35 portraits
Kitty Fisher

Kitty Fisher

circa 1741-1767
Courtesan
Sitter associated with 11 portraits
Nell Gwyn

Nell Gwyn

1651?-1687
Actress; mistress of Charles II
Sitter associated with 30 portraits
Emma Hamilton

Emma Hamilton

Baptised 1765-1815
Mistress of Lord Nelson
Sitter in 30 portraits
Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

1649-1734
Mistress of Charles II
Sitter in 15 portraits
Mary Robinson (née Darby)

Mary Robinson (née Darby)

1756 or 1758-1800
Known as 'Perdita'; writer, actress and mistress of the future George IV
Sitter in 12 portraits
Henrietta Howard (née Hobart), Countess of Suffolk

Henrietta Howard (née Hobart), Countess of Suffolk

circa 1688-1767
Mistress of George II and architectural patron
Sitter in 9 portraits
Giovanna Baccelli

Giovanna Baccelli

circa 1753-1801
Dancer and mistress of 3rd Duke of Dorset
Sitter in 5 portraits
Mrs Benwell

Mrs Benwell

active late 18th century
Courtesan
Sitter in 1 portrait
Miss Burns

Miss Burns

circa 1769-1792
Courtesan
Sitter in 2 portraits
Miss Chambers

Miss Chambers

Courtesan
Sitter in 1 portrait
Suk Conway

Suk Conway

active 1812
Courtesan
Sitter in 1 portrait
Elizabeth Conyngham (née Denison), Marchioness Conyngham

Elizabeth Conyngham (née Denison), Marchioness Conyngham

1769-1861
Mistress of George IV; wife of Henry Conyngham, 1st Marquess of Conyngham
Sitter in 34 portraits
Lucy Cooper

Lucy Cooper

Courtesan
Sitter in 3 portraits
Elizabeth Cresswell

Elizabeth Cresswell

circa 1625-circa 1698
Courtesan and procuress
Sitter in 2 portraits
Diane de Poitiers

Diane de Poitiers

1499-1566
Mistress of Henri II of France
Sitter in 1 portrait
Liane de Pougy

Liane de Pougy

1869-1950
Folies Bergères dancer and courtesan
Sitter in 4 portraits
Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester

Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester

1657-1717
Mistress of James II; wife of 1st Earl of Portmore; daughter of Sir Charles Sedley
Sitter in 12 portraits
Ann Elliot

Ann Elliot

1743-1769
Courtesan and actress
Sitter in 3 portraits
Charlotte Fish

Charlotte Fish

active mid 18th century
Daughter of a London merchant, said to have been a courtesan
Sitter in 1 portrait
Mrs Fitzwilliam

Mrs Fitzwilliam

active 1777
Courtesan
Sitter in 2 portraits
Elizabeth Bridget Fox (née Cane)

Elizabeth Bridget Fox (née Cane)

1750-1842
Courtesan; wife of Charles James Fox
Sitter in 7 portraits
Catherine Frederick

Catherine Frederick

Courtesan
Sitter in 2 portraits
Miss Greenhill

Miss Greenhill

active 1783
Courtesan
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Mabel Grey

Mabel Grey

active 1870s
Courtesan
Sitter in 1 portrait
Countess Teresa Guiccioli

Countess Teresa Guiccioli

1801-1873
Byron's mistress
Sitter in 4 portraits
Charlotte Holden (née Spencer)

Charlotte Holden (née Spencer)

died 1789
Courtesan
Sitter in 2 portraits
Margaret Hughes

Margaret Hughes

died 1719
Actress and mistress of Prince Rupert
Sitter in 3 portraits
Frances Villiers (née Twysden), Countess of Jersey

Frances Villiers (née Twysden), Countess of Jersey

1753-1821
Mistress of George IV and courtier
Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

died 1781
Courtesan and mistress of Sir Charles Bunbury
Sitter associated with 14 portraits
Marion Lee

Marion Lee

active 1870s
Courtesan
Sitter in 1 portrait
Anne ('Ninon') de l'Enclos

Anne ('Ninon') de l'Enclos

1620-1705
French courtesan
Sitter in 2 portraits
Gertrude Mahon (née Tilson)

Gertrude Mahon (née Tilson)

1752-in or after 1808
Courtesan and actress
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Nancy Parsons

Nancy Parsons

circa 1735-1814 or 1815
Courtesan and political mistress
Sitter in 6 portraits
Harriet Montague

Harriet Montague

active circa 1770s
Courtesan
Sitter in 1 portrait
Frances ('Fanny') Murray (née Rudman)

Frances ('Fanny') Murray (née Rudman)

1729-1778
Courtesan
Sitter in 2 portraits
Nelly O'Brien

Nelly O'Brien

died 1768
Courtesan, beauty and model for Reynolds
Sitter in 11 portraits
Caroline Otero (Agustina del Carmen Otero Iglesias)

Caroline Otero (Agustina del Carmen Otero Iglesias)

1868-1965
'La Belle Otero'; Spanish actress, dancer and courtesan
Sitter in 3 portraits
Cora Pearl (Emma Elizabeth Crouch)

Cora Pearl (Emma Elizabeth Crouch)

1835?-1886
Courtesan; daughter of Frederick William Nicholls Crouch
Sitter in 2 portraits