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Nell Gwynne - Sloane Square Nell Gwynne & Charles II

Fountain: Nell Gwynne - Sloane Square

Erection date: 26/10/1953

Inscription

{Running around the urn near the top:}
Sweet Thames run softly till I end my song {quote fromProthalamion by Spenser

{Running around the urn near the bottom:}
Gilbert Ledward RA 1952
Presented by the Royal Academy of Arts through the Leighton Fund

{Under the figures:}
Charles II and Nell Gwynn

She's manipulating a fan but meanwhile, unnoticed by Nell, her dress has slipped off her right shoulder causing a costume malfunction.

Site: Nell Gwynne & Charles II (2 memorials)

SW1, Sloane Square

There seems to be some connection between Nell and this area so we asked the very knowledgeable Dave Walker, the Local Studies Librarian at Kensington Central Library, who confirmed that there are many traditions about Nell's Chelsea connections, in particular the establishment of the Royal Hospital, but that many of them are frequently denied by historians.  Dave tells us that the Chelsea pageant of 1908 included a lady dressed as Nell. At Chelsea we learn that "Charles II and Nell Gwynne were chosen by Ledward to reflect the journey along ‘the King's Private Road’ that Charles II would have taken to Nell’s residence at Sands End at the other end of the King’s Road." 

Bonus fact: The statue atop the fountain represents Venus and, according to Greta Scacchi interviewed by the Guardian in 2008, the model was Pamela Carsinga, who later became Greta’s mother. In 1952 Pamela was training to become a member of the Bluebell Girls dancing troupe and paid her way by modelling for artists in Chelsea.

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Nell Gwynne

Eleanor Gwyn, Gwynn, Gwynne, whatever.  Born Hereford. Rumoured to have lived...

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Leighton Fund

Originated as the bequest left by Lord Leighton in 1896. Bob Speel provides s...

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Gilbert Ledward

Sculptor.  born Chelsea.  Studied under Edouard Lantéri.  Served in WW1 initi...

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Edmund Spenser

Poet.  Probably born in East or West Smithfield. Best known for the epic poem...

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Charles II - Sloane Square

{Running around the urn near the top:} Sweet Thames run softly till I end my...

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