From Street Singer to Mistress of David Garrick, Bonhams Offers Portrait if Dublin Actress Peg Woffington


LONDON.- A portrait miniature of the 18th century actress Margaret “Peg” Woffington by the artist James Ferguson, is one of the highlights of the Fine Portrait Miniatures sale on the 25th May at Bonhams, Knightsbridge and is estimated to sell for £1,500- 2,500. Peg Woffington was born in Dublin and began her career as a street singer before making her stage debut at ten years of age as Polly Peachum in the ‘Beggars’ Opera’. She quickly make a name for herself as an actress across Dublin until 1740, when her success as Sir Harry Wildair in ‘The Constant Couple’ led to her London debut in Covent Garden. There she met and fell in love with the actor, David Garrick. She lived openly with Garrick, the foremost actor of his day, but her other love affairs (including liaisons with Edward Bligh, 2nd Earl of Darnley and the MP, Charles Hanbury Williams) were numerous and notorious