Courtesans of the 18th Century

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Thomas Gainsborough, Portrait of  Grace Dalrymple Elliott, exhibited at Academy in 1778, Oil on canvas, 234 x 153 cm (Met Museum)

Thomas Gainsborough, Portrait of Grace Dalrymple Elliott, exhibited at Academy in 1778, Oil on canvas, 234 x 153 cm (Met Museum)

Kitty Fisher (died 1767) was a prominent British courtesan. Her celebrity was boosted by the attention that Sir Joshua Reynolds and other artists paid her. By emphasizing Fisher's beauty, audacity, and charm, portraits promoted her reputation, and prompted spectators to view her with redoubled awe.  She is immortalized in the nursery rhyme, Lucy Locket.

Kitty Fisher (died 1767) was a prominent British courtesan. Her celebrity was boosted by the attention that Sir Joshua Reynolds and other artists paid her. By emphasizing Fisher's beauty, audacity, and charm, portraits promoted her reputation, and prompted spectators to view her with redoubled awe. She is immortalized in the nursery rhyme, Lucy Locket.

Nelly O'Brien - Joshua Reynolds  After a brief career as an actress, Nelly O'Brien became the mistress of several prominent men including the Earl of Thanet and Viscount Bolingbroke, to whom she was rumoured to have borne sons

Nelly O'Brien - Joshua Reynolds After a brief career as an actress, Nelly O'Brien became the mistress of several prominent men including the Earl of Thanet and Viscount Bolingbroke, to whom she was rumoured to have borne sons

Elizabeth Armistead, Mrs Charles James Fox

Elizabeth Armistead, Mrs Charles James Fox

Emily Warren was recruited and trained by one of London’s most notorious madams after she was discovered begging on the streets. Reynolds painted her as Thais and lauded her “faultless and finely formed” figure. William Hickey wrote of Emily in his Memoires of a Georgian Rake. She was the mistress of his friend Bob Potts when she died suddenly of a fever in India.

Emily Warren was recruited and trained by one of London’s most notorious madams after she was discovered begging on the streets. Reynolds painted her as Thais and lauded her “faultless and finely formed” figure. William Hickey wrote of Emily in his Memoires of a Georgian Rake. She was the mistress of his friend Bob Potts when she died suddenly of a fever in India.

Portrait of Mrs. Charles James Fox  Artist   Reynolds, Joshua |   British |   1723-1792Creation date   about 1775-1780Materials   oil on canvasDimensions   30 x 25 in.Credit line   The Clowes Fund Collection

Portrait of Mrs. Charles James Fox Artist Reynolds, Joshua | British | 1723-1792Creation date about 1775-1780Materials oil on canvasDimensions 30 x 25 in.Credit line The Clowes Fund Collection

Mrs. Robinson as Perdita

Sarah Siddons v. Anonymous Lady v. Mrs. Robinson

Mrs. Robinson as Perdita

Mary Robinson was starring in a play  called Florizel and Perdita when the future King George IV discovered her. He immediately offered her 20,000 Pounds Sterling to be his mistress. While he never paid the full amount, and she had to literally extort any sizable sum out of King George through selling letters he had written to her, Mary does embody a very attractive trait in the form of her artistry.  She has been called the Sappho of England, because she was the quintessential ...

Mary Robinson was starring in a play called Florizel and Perdita when the future King George IV discovered her. He immediately offered her 20,000 Pounds Sterling to be his mistress. While he never paid the full amount, and she had to literally extort any sizable sum out of King George through selling letters he had written to her, Mary does embody a very attractive trait in the form of her artistry. She has been called the Sappho of England, because she was the quintessential ...

Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1758–1823) was a Scottish socialite and courtesan, mistressthe Duke of Orleans, and George IV of England.

Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1758–1823) was a Scottish socialite and courtesan, mistressthe Duke of Orleans, and George IV of England.

Nelly O'Brien by Joshua Reynolds  After a brief career as an actress, Nelly O'Brien became the mistress of several prominent men including the Earl of Thanet and Viscount Bolingbroke, to whom she was rumoured to have borne sons

Nelly O'Brien by Joshua Reynolds After a brief career as an actress, Nelly O'Brien became the mistress of several prominent men including the Earl of Thanet and Viscount Bolingbroke, to whom she was rumoured to have borne sons

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