Margaret Hughes

(c. 1654—1714) actress and royal mistress

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(d. 1719), one of the first English professional actresses. She appeared with the King's Company in the 1660s, possibly as Desdemona, and played Charmian in Sedley's version of Antony and Cleopatra. The mistress of Prince Rupert, she is the subject of a provocative portrait by Lely.

From The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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