Mrs. Jordan, in the Character of the Country Girl.
Publish'd June 24th. 1788, by John & Josiah Boydell, No. 90. Cheapside London.
Stipple in brown ink, open letter proof; 380 x 285mm. 15 x 11¼". Trimmed to platemark
Dorothea Jordan (1761 - 1816) as Peggy in David Garrick's 'The Country Girl'. The Irish actress and courtesan was the mistress and famous companion of the future King William IV, while he was Duke of Clarence, for 20 years. She assumed the name "Mrs. Jordan", because it was slightly more respectable for a married woman to be on the stage. In fact, there was no "Mr. Jordan" and Dorothea Bland never married. Some sources state that the name and title were taken to conceal an early pregnancy. She had an affair with her first boss, Richard Daly, the manager of the Theatre Royal, Cork, who was married, and had an illegitimate daughter, Frances (b. 1782 Dublin), at age 20. In England, she had a short lived affair with an army Lieutenant, Charles Doyne, who proposed marriage. But she turned him down and went to work for the theatre company operated by Tate Wilkinson. It was at this point she adopted the name "Mrs. Jordan" - a reference to her escape across the Irish Sea, likened to the River Jordan. Shortly after her affair with Wilkinson was over, she began an affair with George Inchbald, the male lead in the Wilkinson Company. According to Claire Tomalin, Dorothea's biographer, Dorothea would have married Inchbald, so greatly was she in love with him, but that he never asked. Broken-hearted, she left him in 1786 to begin an affair with Sir Richard Ford, a police magistrate and a lawyer. She moved in with Ford when he promised to marry her. They had three children, a short lived son and two daughters. She left him to begin her affair with the Duke of Clarence, once she realized that Ford was never going to marry her. After George Romney (1734 - 1802).
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