12 of 30 portraits of Nell Gwyn
by and sold by James Macardell, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, mid 18th century
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (354 mm x 250 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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- Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn (1651?-1687), Actress; mistress of Charles II. Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
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