Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Marcus Stone - Nell Gwynn

'Unfit for further service, having given their best strength and often their very limbs in the late struggle between King and Parliament, the old soldiers were cast adrift to wander about in rags. Nell Gwynne, the orange girl, carrying her basket to the playhouse, saw and pitied them, and in grander days Mrs. Eleanor Gwynne [sic] did not forget them. She it was who begged their hospital at Chelsea from the King.'
signed 'MARCUS STONE.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
13¾ x 20¼ in.
Price Realized £5,875


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