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Mrs. Jordan in the Character of Hypolita
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John Jones (ca. 1745–1797), after John Hoppner (1758–1810)
Mrs. Jordan in the Character of Hypolita
[London]: J. Jones, March 1, 1791
NYPL, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, Print Collection

Dorothy—known as Dora—Jordan was the most important comedienne of her day. For close to twenty years she was also the mistress to the Duke of Clarence, later King William IV, with whom she had ten children, raised in cozy domesticity. Audiences adored her, and her gamine appeal shines out of her portrait as Hypolita, one of the cross-dressing roles for which she was famous.

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