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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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Unknown woman, formerly known as Nell Gwyn, studio of Sir Peter Lely - NPG 3976

Unknown woman, formerly known as Nell Gwyn

studio of Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1675
On display at Lyme Park, Stockport
NPG 3976

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Simon Verelst - NPG 2496

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Gerard Valck, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG 3811

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn ('Madam Elinora Gwÿnne'), by Abraham de Blois, published by  Nicolaes Visscher II, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D2543

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

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Gerard Valck, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D10959

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by and published by Thomas van der Wilt - NPG D30626

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

James Beauclerk; Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans; Nell Gwyn, by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D35093

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

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

James Beauclerk; Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans; Nell Gwyn, by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D35094

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

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

James Beauclerk; Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans; Nell Gwyn, after Richard Tompson, and after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG 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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by and sold by James Macardell, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30623

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Peter van Bleeck, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30627

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Valentine Green, published by  Walter Shropshire, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30625

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Valentine Green, published by  Walter Shropshire, after  Simon Verelst - NPG D2515

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by John Ogborne, published by  Anthony Molteno, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30624

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Henry Richard Cook, published by  Mathews & Leigh, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30621

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Schenecker, published by  John White, published by  John Scott, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG 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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Richard Earlom, published by  Samuel Woodburn, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D2514

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Richard Earlom, published by  Samuel Woodburn, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D2544

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Richard Earlom, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D2545

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Richard Earlom, published by  Samuel Woodburn, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D2546

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

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