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Nell Gwyn (1651?-1687), Actress; mistress of Charles II

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

Sitter associated with 28 portraits
Eleanor Gywn, or 'Pretty witty Nell', as Pepys called her, came to London as an orange-seller, and rose to become one of the leading comic actresses of the day, and mistress to the King, Charles II. The playwright Dryden supplied her with a series of saucy, bustling parts, ideally suited to her talents. She had two sons by the King, and the elder, Charles Beauclerk, was created Duke of St Albans. She was said to have been remembered by Charles on his deathbed with the words 'Let not poor Nelly starve'.

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2496

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Simon Verelst
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1680
NPG 2496

3811

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Gerard Valck, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving
NPG 3811

D2543

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn ('Madam Elinora Gwÿnne')

by Abraham de Blois, published by Nicolaes Visscher II, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, (1670s)
NPG D2543

D10959

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Gerard Valck, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, circa 1673
NPG D10959

D30626

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by and published by Thomas van der Wilt
mezzotint, 1687
NPG D30626

D35093

James Beauclerk; Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans; Nell Gwyn

by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, before 1693
NPG D35093

D35094

James Beauclerk; Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans; Nell Gwyn

by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, before 1693
NPG D35094

D35095

James Beauclerk; Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans; Nell Gwyn

after Richard Tompson, and after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, after 1693
NPG D35095

D30623

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by and sold by James Macardell, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D30623

D30627

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Peter van Bleeck, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1751
NPG D30627

D30625

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Valentine Green, published by Walter Shropshire, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, published 17 November 1777
NPG D30625

D2515

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Valentine Green, published by Walter Shropshire, after Simon Verelst
mezzotint, published 17 November 1777
NPG D2515

D30624

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by John Ogborne, published by Anthony Molteno, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, published 2 January 1802
NPG D30624

D30621

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Henry Richard Cook, published by Mathews & Leigh, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1807
NPG D30621

D30622

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Schenecker, published by John White, published by John Scott, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, published 1 July 1808
NPG D30622

D2514

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Richard Earlom, published by Samuel Woodburn, after Samuel Cooper
mezzotint, published 1810
NPG D2514

D2544

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Richard Earlom, published by Samuel Woodburn, after Samuel Cooper
mezzotint, published 1810
NPG D2544

D2545

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Richard Earlom, after Samuel Cooper
mezzotint, published 1810
NPG D2545

D2546

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Richard Earlom, published by Samuel Woodburn, after Samuel Cooper
mezzotint, published 1810
NPG D2546

D29271

'Legend of Chelsea Hospital' (King Charles II; Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn)

published by Joseph Hogarth, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1845
NPG D29271

D35092

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Henry T. Greenhead, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, before 16 June 1913
NPG D35092

L248

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

attributed to Simon Verelst
oil on canvas, circa 1670
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L248

D18789

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, (circa 1665-1680)
NPG D18789

D19550

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, (circa 1665-1680)
NPG D19550

D19832

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by and published by Gerard Valck, after Samuel Cooper
line engraving, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19832

D18788

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Peter van Bleeck, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1751
NPG D18788

D19680

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

published by Samuel William Fores
stipple engraving, published 7 May 1786
NPG D19680

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