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Green, Valentine; Lely, Peter (after)
Eleanor Gwynn Eleanor Gwynn
1777 1777

Eleanor Gwynn (1650–1687), or “Pretty, witty Nell” as she used to be called in her heyday, moved to London as an orange-seller and became one of the leading actresses of the King’s Company in the late 1660s and early 1670s. She was the most popular of King Charles II’s mistresses. Her body was the means and guarantee of her status at court, to which the print alludes. Gwynn was a transgressive figure and her sexual availability and outward beauty caught the public’s imagination.

 
Green, Valentine; Lely, Peter (after)
Salford, England 1739-London, England 1813; Soest, Netherlands 1618-London, England 1680 Salford, England 1739-London, England 1813; Soest, Netherlands 1618-London, England 1680
Eleanor Gwynn Eleanor Gwynn
1777 1777
engraving and mezzotint on paper engraving and mezzotint on paper
height / width: 25.20 x 19.00 cm; 9.92 x 7.48 in.
Gift from the estate of Mabel E. Segsworth, through the Queen's University Art Foundation, 1944 Gift from the estate of Mabel E. Segsworth, through the Queen's University Art Foundation, 1944
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