Place Published: London
Publisher: John & Josiah Boydell, No. 90. Cheapside
Date Published: 1788
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Stipple engraving in red/brownish ink. Paper size: 19-3/4 x 15 inches ; Image size: 12 x 9-1/2 inches. Printed signature painter George Romney in the lower left edge, and the engraver John Ogborne on the right inside bookplate and outside image. Fine condition.
Dorothy Jordan, (Mrs Jordan) as 'Peggy'' in David Garrick's 'The Country Girl.
Dorothy Bland (1761-1816) Born Dorothea (sometimes called Dorothy or Dora) was born near Waterford, Ireland. Dorothy was the daughter of Francis Bland (d. 1778) and his mistress, Grace Phillips. She was an Irish actress, courtesan, and the mistress and companion of the future King William IV of the United Kingdom for 20 years while he was Duke of Clarence. When she left for England she first started using the name Jordan. It's a reference to her escape across the Irish Sea, likened to the River Jordan. She took the stage name "Mrs. Jordan" as it was slightly more respectable for a married woman to be on the stage. There was no Mr. Jordan and Dorothea (Bland) Jordan never married.