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Location: Harvard Depository [box is portfolio sized]
Call No.: MS Thr 682
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Jordan, Dorothy, 1761-1816, performer.
Title: Theatrical music, playbills, and portraits related to Mrs. Jordan
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: Music, playbills and portraits related to the Irish performer Dorothy Jordan, known as Mrs. Jordan.
Related material is held in various arranged series at the Harvard Theatre Collection; consult Houghton Public Services staff.
Born Dorothea (sometimes called Dorothy or Dora) Bland near Waterford, Ireland, Dorothy Jordan 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. 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 never married.
Arranged in three series:
- I. Music
- II. Playbills
- III. Portraits
Collection is comprised of music for songs performed by Mrs. Jordan in various productions; playbills for productions in which she appeared; and printed portraits of her chiefly in various theatrical roles.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.