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Samuel Pepys

9 of 18 portraits on display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery

Samuel Pepys, by John Hayls, 1666 - NPG 211 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Samuel Pepys

by John Hayls
oil on canvas, 1666
29 3/4 in. x 24 3/4 in. (756 mm x 629 mm)
Purchased, 1866
Primary Collection
NPG 211


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Sitterback to top

  • Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), Diarist and naval administrator. Sitter in 11 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • John Hayls (1600?-1679). Artist associated with 6 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

This portraitback to top

In his diary, Pepys records on 17 March 1666: 'I sit to have it full of shadows and so almost break my neck looking over my shoulders to make the posture for him to work by'. There were more sittings on 20, 23, 28 and 30 March, when he sat 'till almost quite darke upon working my gowne which I hired to be drawne in; an Indian gowne'. Pepys paid Hayls £14 for the picture and 25s for the frame on 16 May, commenting that he was 'well satisfied' with it. The music he holds is his own setting of a lyric by Sir William Davenant, 'Beauty, retire'.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D18073: Diploma of membership of the Samuel Pepys Club for Sir Edmund Gosse (source portrait)

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Audio Guide
  • Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 39
  • Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 23
  • Foskett, Daphne, Samuel Cooper, 1974 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 15 March - 15 June 1974), p. 124
  • Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 211
  • Ollard, Richard, Character Sketches: Samuel Pepys and His Circle, 2000, p. 4
  • Perry, Gill (introduction) Roach, Joseph (appreciation) and West, Shearer (appreciation), The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 2011 to 8 January 2012), p. 66
  • Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 104
  • Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 12
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 68
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 69
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 488
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 120
  • Tremain, Rose (essay), BP Portrait Award 2010, 2010 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 24 June to 19 September 2010), p. 7
  • Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 89

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