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Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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

Sitter associated with 30 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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Nell Gwyn, attributed to Simon Verelst - NPG L248

Nell Gwyn

attributed to Simon Verelst
oil on canvas, circa 1670
NPG L248

Nell Gwyn, by Simon Verelst - NPG 2496

Nell Gwyn

by Simon Verelst
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1680
On display at Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Australia
NPG 2496

Nell Gwyn, by Gerard Valck, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG 3811

Nell Gwyn

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

Nell Gwyn (Margaret Lemon with the head altered to Nell Gwyn), by Richard Gaywood, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck, and head after  Gerard Valck, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D47402

Nell Gwyn (Margaret Lemon with the head altered to Nell Gwyn)

by Richard Gaywood, after Sir Anthony van Dyck, and head after Gerard Valck, after Sir Peter Lely
etching and line engraving, circa 1662; head late 17th century
NPG D47402

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

Nell Gwyn ('Madam Elinora Gwÿnne')

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

Nell Gwyn, by Gerard Valck, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D10959

Nell Gwyn

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

Nell Gwyn, by and published by Thomas van der Wilt - NPG D30626

Nell Gwyn

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

Nell Gwyn, by and sold by James Macardell, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30623

Nell Gwyn

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

Nell Gwyn, by Peter van Bleeck, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30627

Nell Gwyn

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

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

Nell Gwyn

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

Nell Gwyn, by Valentine Green, published by  Walter Shropshire, after  Simon Verelst - NPG D2515

Nell Gwyn

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

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

Nell Gwyn

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

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

Nell Gwyn

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

Nell Gwyn, by Schenecker, published by  John White, published by  John Scott, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30622

Nell Gwyn

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

Nell Gwyn, by Richard Earlom, published by  Samuel Woodburn, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D2514

Nell Gwyn

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

Nell Gwyn, by Richard Earlom, published by  Samuel Woodburn, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D2544

Nell Gwyn

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

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