'Nell Gwynne' (Effie Gray James (née Millais))

1 portrait on display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery

'Nell Gwynne' (Effie Gray James (née Millais)), by Rupert Potter, 7 June 1882 - NPG x131241 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'Nell Gwynne' (Effie Gray James (née Millais))

by Rupert Potter
albumen print, 7 June 1882
8 1/4 in. x 6 3/8 in. (211 mm x 163 mm) overall
Given by Jack Edward Ladeveze, 1993
Photographs Collection
NPG x131241

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Artistback to top

  • Rupert Potter (1832-1914), Barrister and photographer; father of Beatrix Potter. Artist associated with 29 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Seated on a saddle in her father's studio, Effie Millais poses as Nell Gwynne, the actress and mistress to King Charles II. Her horse was to be added later in the joint painting by Millais and Sir Edwin Landseer. The two artists were close friends and Millais completed the painting in 1882, upon Landseer's request, after his death in 1873, along with three others.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Perry, Gill (introduction) Roach, Joseph (appreciation) and West, Shearer (appreciation), The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 2011 to 8 January 2012), p. 74

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