The leading comic actress during the Restoration, Nell Gwynn took to the stage in 1665 at the age of fifteen. So delighted with her talents was Samuel Pepys that he described her as 'pretty, witty Nell' and lavishly praised her performance in a comedy called Secret Love, or the Maiden Queen.' The playwright Dryden advanced her stage career by writing the type of roles she excelled in especially for her.
It is as one of the many mistresses of Charles II that Nell is best remembered, however. Her saucy personality and wit caught the eye of 'the Merry Monarch'; in addition, Londoners loved Nell for never pretending to be other than who and what she was. Legend has it that her coach was riding through the crowded lanes of London and the people, thinking it was the carriage of the King's unpopular French Catholic mistress, Louise de Kérouaille, hurled mud and abuse at the equipage. Nell opened the curtain, stuck out her head and cried, 'Pray good people, be civil. I am the Protestant whore.'
Nell bore Charles two sons; the second, James, died at a very young age while at school in France but the eldest, Charles, was created Earl of Burford by the King.
Nell Gwynn spent seven years in the theater, retiring in 1671, and enjoyed a comfortable but short life. She died from the after-effects of two strokes when she was only thirty-seven years old.
Here we see Nell Gwynn curtsying to an unseen King Charles at the theater in Lincoln's Inns Fields in 1668, where he first noticed her.
Digital oils; the figure of Nell is adapted from an original photograph shot October 23, 2010.
February 26, 2013: An amazing thing happened today - I have been announced as one of the five finalists for a Shorty Award in Art. The Shorty Awards are given to the producers of the best of online social media in a variety of categories and I am honored to be in the running.
August 2, 2012: I am honored to have been showcased in Official Feature Online Entertainment New Magazine in the article "Connecticut’s Artist Expressionist: RC deWinter" highlighting my work in the arts. My thanks to the editors and staff. You can read it here: http://bit.ly/N6z4Yl
May 1, 2012: I am proud and also humbled to have several poems and paintings prominently featured in the First Anniversary Issue of Pink Panther Magazine. See my work on pp 52-57: http://bit.ly/KoMryO Purchase this beautifully produced magazine of women's art and writing here: http://bit.ly/In88Eg Thanks and bright blessings to the marvellous editors of Pink Panther for this extraordinary validation of my work.
April 6, 2012: Thanks to editor/writer Dominic Richardson at ARTbracket for this article on me and my work. http://bit.ly/HrZmDd
January 21, 2012: I am honored to have two of my poems, imprecation and WomanRoots, published in the latest issue of Pink Panther Magazine. The magazine can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/yUcPOM
My October 2011 solo show at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut was a great success. I am greatly honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit there. My thanks to the Board for all their help before, during and after the 5-week show.
April 29, 2011: I am proud to announce that ABC has licensed four more of my works for use as set decoration on the TV show Desperate Housewives.
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