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Portrait of Nell Gwynne

Portrait of Nell Gwynne


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Portrait of Nell Gwynne

Portrait of Nell Gwynne, oil of canvas by an unknown artist after Peter Lely, c.1680, in a pine frame with carved foliage detail made in Britain, c.1650-1700. Date: c.1680

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This portrait print showcases the timeless beauty of Nell Gwynne, a prominent figure in 17th-century England. Painted by an unknown artist after Peter Lely, this oil on canvas masterpiece captures the essence of Nell's charm and allure. The vertical composition allows us to fully appreciate her graceful posture and delicate features. The rich brown hues dominate the background, providing a warm contrast to the vibrant blue dress that adorns Nell. Every brushstroke reveals intricate details, from the folds of her gown to the subtle highlights in her flowing hair. The artist skillfully captures Nell's enigmatic expression, leaving us intrigued by her personality and story. Encased within a pine frame with carved foliage detail dating back to 1650-1700 Britain, this print exudes elegance and sophistication. It is a testament to both the craftsmanship of its time and our enduring fascination with historical figures. As we gaze upon this remarkable image, we are reminded of Nell Gwynne's significance as one of Charles II's mistresses during his reign as King of England. Her influence extended beyond courtly affairs; she was known for her wit and charisma which endeared her to both royalty and commoners alike. In acquiring this rights-managed print from Mary Evans Prints Online, we not only bring home a piece of art but also immerse ourselves in history – an opportunity to connect with an era long gone yet forever preserved through paint strokes on canvas.

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