Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Simon Verelst, circa 1680 - NPG 2496 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Simon Verelst
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1680
29 in. x 24 7/8 in. (737 mm x 632 mm)
Bequeathed by John Neale, 1931
Primary Collection
NPG 2496


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  • Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn (1651?-1687), Actress; mistress of Charles II. Sitter associated with 28 portraits.

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  • Simon Verelst (circa 1644-circa 1710). Artist associated with 7 portraits.

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Pepys wrote in his diary, 'Up, it being a fine day: and after doing a little business in my chamber, I left my wife to go abroad... and saw pretty Nelly standing at her lodgings door in Drury-lane in her smock-sleeves and bodice.' May 1st 1667.

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