Dorothea Bland, 'Mrs Jordan' as 'Peggy' in 'The Country Girl' (1762-1816)

On display in:

Baron's Room

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Artist or maker

Romney, George (b.1734, d.1802)



dated from sittings

Place of production

  • London, England, United Kingdom


  • oil on canvas

Type of object

  • paintings

Accession number


Three-quarter length oil portrait of Mrs Jordan (Dorothea Bland) as 'Peggy' in 'The Country Girl'. Her body faces the left, with her head turned to look at the viewer. Her hands are raised in front of her chest with her fingers touching. Her hair falls in loose ringlets over her shoulders. She wears a white dress withe a blue sash. The skirt sweeps back to suggest movement forward. In the background there is a door and curtain to the left, with a cloudy sky and a column to the right.

Physical description

Dimensions (mm) / weight (mg)

1510 x 1193

Signature & date

not signed or dated


The property of Augustus FitzClarence. Sarah E.C. FitzClarence
on verso



  • Paid for by the Duke of Clarence (later William IV, b.1765, d.1837), and sent to Petersham Lodge in 1791; probably owned by the sitter Dorothea Bland (b.1761, d.1816); by descent to her son Reverend Lord Augustus Fitzclarence (b.1805, d.1854); inherited by his wife Lady Sarah E. C. Gordon Fitzclarence (d.1901); bought by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (b.1839, d.1898) from Lady Sarah Fitzclarence on or before 1884; inherited by his sister Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); bequeathed to Waddesdon The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1957.

Exhibition history

  • Royal Academy Exhibition, 1884, London, no. 200, lent by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild


  • Waddesdon (National Trust)
  • Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957


  • Humphry Ward, William Roberts; Romney: a biographical and critical essay, with a catalogue raisonnĂ© of his works; 2 vols; London; Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd.; 1904; vol. 1, p. 69; vol. 2, pp. 86-87
  • Ellis Waterhouse, The English Pictures at Waddesdon Manor, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 54, August 1959, 49-56; p. 56, fi.g 4
  • Ellis Waterhouse, Anthony Blunt; Paintings: The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor; Fribourg; Office du Livre, The National Trust; 1967; p. 100, cat. no. 38, ill.
  • Daniel Healy; Parknasilla the Centenary Book; Dun Laoghaire; Great Southern Hotels; 1995; p. 7
  • Claire Tomalin; Mrs Jordan's Profession; London; Penguin Books; 1995; pp. 328-329
  • Barry E Maclean-Eltham; George Romney: paintings in public collections; Kendal; Romney Society; 1996; p. 38
  • David A Cross; A Striking Likeness: The Life of George Romney; Aldershot; Ashgate Publishing; 2000; p. 109
  • Paula Byrne; Jane Austen and the Theatre; London, New York; The Hambledon Press; 2002; Cover, Back & Front
  • Shearer West; Romney's Theatricality; Alex Kidson, Those Delightful Regions of Imagination: Essays on George Romney (Studies in British Art 9), New Haven, Yale University Press, 2002; 131-158; p. 157, n. 51
  • David Alexander; active 1985; A Reluctant Communicator: George Romney and the Print Market; Alex Kidson, Those Delightful Regions of Imagination: Essays on George Romney (Studies in British Art 9), New Haven, Yale University Press, 2002; 251-288; p. 280; Boydell print
  • Gill Perry, Staging Gender and "Hairy Signs", Eighteenth-Century Studies, 38, 2004, 145-163; pp. 146, 148
  • Amanda Vickery; The Gentleman's Daughter; London; The Folio Society (London); 2006; pp. 256-257, fig. 3
  • Alex Kidson; George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings; 3; New Haven, London; The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Yale University Press; 2015; vol. 2, pp. 337-338, cat. no. 737

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Subject person

  • Dorothea Bland, Sitter