Eleanor Gwynn. From an Original Picture in the Collect.n of the late Duke of Buckingham.
Publish'd Nov.r 17.th 1777, by W. Shropshire, No.458, New Bond Street. [c.1811.]
Mezzotint with very large margins. Plate 251 x 190mm (10 x 7½"). Fine, uncut; late.
Nell Gwyn seated, her breast bare and wearing loose robes. Nell Gwyn (1651?-1687), actress and mistress of Charles II. She arrived in London as an orange-seller and rose to become one of the leading comic actresses of the day, and mistress to 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, the elder of whom was created Duke of St Albans, and she was said to have been remembered by Charles on his deathbed with the words "Let not poor Nelly starve".
CS: 60, ii/ii. Whitman: 66, iii/iii.
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