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Nell Gwyn

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

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

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, by Richard Earlom, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D2545

Nell Gwyn

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

Nell Gwyn, by Richard Earlom, published by  Samuel Woodburn, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D2546

Nell Gwyn

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

'Legend of Chelsea Hospital' (King Charles II; Nell Gwyn), published by Joseph Hogarth, after  Unknown artist - NPG D29271

'Legend of Chelsea Hospital' (King Charles II; Nell Gwyn)

published by Joseph Hogarth, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1845
NPG D29271

Nell Gwyn, by Henry T. Greenhead, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D35092

Nell Gwyn

by Henry T. Greenhead, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, before 16 June 1913
NPG D35092

Nell Gwyn, by Unknown artist - NPG D47479

Nell Gwyn

by Unknown artist
colour offset lithograph, 1950s
NPG D47479

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Nell Gwyn

after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, (circa 1665-1680)
NPG D18789

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Nell Gwyn

after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, (circa 1665-1680)
NPG D19550

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Nell Gwyn

by and published by Gerard Valck, after Samuel Cooper
line engraving, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19832

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Nell Gwyn

by Peter van Bleeck, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1751
NPG D18788

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Nell Gwyn

published by Samuel William Fores
stipple engraving, published 7 May 1786
NPG D19680

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