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Lillie Langtry, born on 13 October 1853 – a gallery of newspaper illustrations and a very gossipy story

Emilie Charlotte Le Breton (aka Lillie Langtry and ‘Jersey Lily’) was born in Jersey on 13 October 1853. Langtry was one of the most famous artists of the Victorian era, and was also the mistress of the Prince of Wales from 1877 to 1880. Included below are illustrations of Langtry playing Rosalind (in As You Like It) and Miss Hardcastle (in She Stoops to Conquer), and also an advert from 1892 in which she luxuriously (and rather risquely) promotes Pears

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