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Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

15 of 28 portraits of Nell Gwyn

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Henry Richard Cook, published by  Mathews & Leigh, after  Sir Peter Lely, published 1 August 1807 - NPG D30621 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Henry Richard Cook, published by Mathews & Leigh, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1807
7 1/4 in. x 4 3/8 in. (185 mm x 110 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D30621


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Sitterback to top

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

Artistsback to top

  • Henry Richard Cook (active 1804-1849), Engraver. Artist associated with 65 portraits.
  • Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 841 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
  • Mathews & Leigh (active 1807-1814), Publishers. Artist associated with 3 portraits.

Events of 1807back to top

Current affairs

Act is passed abolishing the British slave trade after vigorous campaigning by the Evangelical Clapham Sect led by reformer William Wilberforce. Resignation of 'Ministry of all the Talents'. Whig politician William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, Duke of Portland, succeeds as Prime Minister .

Art and science

Thomas Hope publishes Household Furniture and Interior Decoration; influential in promoting Greek and especially Egyptian models as the epitome of fashionable style.

International

French invasion of Spain and Portugal. Britain occupies Copenhagen and captures the Danish fleet. Napoleon begins to wage an economic battle against Britain, recognising the impossibility of victory at sea because of Britain's superior naval power. He aims to close the entire European coastline to British trade.

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