"it might have been Marie Antoinette or Nell Gwynne, for all I knew"
Marie Antoinette (1783)
Public DomainMarie Antoinette (1783) - Credit: Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun
Nell Gwyn
Public DomainNell Gwyn (c.1675) - Credit: Sir Peter Lely

 Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) was the wife of King Louis XVI of France. Following the abolition of the monarchy in 1792 during the French Revolution, the royal couple were imprisoned with their family in the Temple Prison. Convicted of treason, both were executed by guillotine: Louis in January 1793, and Marie Antoinette in October of the same year.


Eleanor 'Nell' Gwyn (1650-1687) was one of the mistresses of King Charles II of England. She began her working life at the age of 13 as an 'orange girl' (a seller of fruit and other sweetmeats) at the Bridges Street Theatre in London and graduated to be an actress there. She became the King's mistress in 1668 and gave birth to his son in 1670 (the king's seventh son by five different mistresses). Nell Gwyn outlived Charles II and was awarded a £1500 a year pension by his successor, James II.