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Samuel Pepys

(1633-1703), Diarist and naval administrator

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 11 portraits
Pepys was appointed Clerk of the Acts and Clerk of the Privy Seal in 1660, Surveyor-General of the Victualling in 1665 and Secretary of the Admiralty in 1673. Famed for diaries that he wrote between 1660 and 1669, his skill lay in his close observation and total recall of the details of his private life and thoughts on social and political life in London. A passionate man, his great loves were his library, the theatre and 'music and women'. His professional pre occupations were with economics and politics but he retired following the Revolution of 1688 after refusing to swear an oath of allegiance to William and Mary. However, he remained a key figure in social, intellectual and naval circles.

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