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Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), Diarist and naval administrator

Sitter in 11 portraits
Famous for his diaries, Pepys was an important naval administrator, and 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. He fell from favour in 1679 and again in 1689, and spent brief periods in the Tower. His Diary, a unique social document, written in shorthand, was begun on 1 January 1660 and ends in 1669 when Pepys believed, mistakenly, that he was going blind.

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Samuel Pepys

by John Hayls
oil on canvas, 1666
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 211

2100

Samuel Pepys

by John Closterman
oil on canvas, 1690s
On display in the Smoking Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 2100

2092

Samuel Pepys

probably after John Closterman
oil on canvas, 1690s
NPG 2092

D30958

Samuel Pepys

by Robert White, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1690
NPG D30958

D5505

Samuel Pepys

by Robert White, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1690
NPG D5505

D19296

Samuel Pepys

by Thomas Bragg, published by Henry Colburn, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published May 1825
NPG D19296

D21199

Samuel Pepys

by Charles William Sherborn, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
etching, 1885
NPG D21199

D5506

Samuel Pepys

by Robert White, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1690
NPG D5506

D19176

Samuel Pepys

by Robert White, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1690
NPG D19176

D13885

Samuel Pepys

by Charles Wentworth Wass, published by Richard Bentley, after Robert Walker
stipple and line engraving, published 1840
NPG D13885