William Bate (d. c. 1845)
Nell Gwyn (1650-1687), in low-cut dress
Inscribed on the counter-enamel 'Nell Gwynn.'
Enamel on coppper
Oval, 86 mm. high, gilt-metal frame engraved 'W. Bate / Nell Gwynne'
Fomerly, Madresfield Court.
A Catalogue of Pictures. Chiefly Historical Portraits at Madresfield Court To Which is Added a List of Miniatures and Enamels, 1800, p. 65, no. 180 (as 'Gwynne, Nell ( - 1691). In white dress with blue scarf. Enamel W. Bate').

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The sitter was one of the first female actors on the English stage and was famously praised by Samuel Pepys for her comic performances. Her relationship with King Charles II began afer he saw her perform on stage. She bore him two sons and she received an annuity of £1,500 after the King's death.
William Bate was Painter in Enamel to Princess Elizabeth (1770-1840) and Frederick Duke of York (1763-1827), children of King George III and Queen Charlotte. Other portrait miniatures by him are at the National Gallery, Dublin.

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