Peg Woffington(1720?-1760), Actress
Margaret ('Peg') Woffington
Sitter associated with 20 portraits
Irish actress, known as 'Peg' Woffington, who took leading roles in Dublin and London, c.1737-57. 'Peg' was supreme in comic parts but was also celebrated for her Shakespearean roles. She was known for her bitter rivalries with other actresses (she stabbed Mrs Bellamy during a performance) and for her supposed love affairs, most notably with David Garrick who wrote 'My Lovely Peggy' and other songs for her.
by John Faber Jr, after Edward Haytley
mezzotint, published 1745
by John Faber Jr, published by John Ryall, published by Robert Withy, after Edward Haytley
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