Eleanor Gwynn

Method Mezzotint
Artist Valentine Green after Sir Peter Lely
Published Published Nov 17th, 1777, by w.Shropshire, New Bond Street
Dimensions Image 210 x 187 mm, Plate 252 x 187 mm, Sheet 470 x 305 mm
Notes Eleanor Gwynn (1650-1687) was an actress and mistress of King Charles II. The love affair between the King and Gwyn allegedly began in April of 1668. She continued to act at the King's House, her new notoriety drawing larger crowds and encouraging the playwrights to craft more roles specifically for her. June 1668 found her in Dryden's An Evening's Love, or The Mock Astrologer, and in July she played in Lacy's The Old Troop.

Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) was a portrait painter and Principal Painter to Charles II. Born of Dutch parents, he trained in Haarlem; came to London in the 1640s and quickly established a reputation as a portraitist.

Chaloner Smith 60 ii/ii, Whitman V. Green 66 iii/iii, O'Donoghue 16, Hall 169/25, Russell 60 iii/iii, Lennox-Boyd iii/iii

Ex. Col.: Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.

Condition: Large water stain to the left and lower margins affecting lower half of plate. Numerous tears and creases to sheet not affecting image or plate. Vertical crease to right of image.
Framing unmounted
Price £150.00
Stock ID 26772