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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Elizabeth Pepys (1640-1669), Wife of Samuel Pepys

Painting by Savill of Cheapside. Untraced. Companion piece to her husband’s portrait. Painted in December 1661 and altered in January 1662.

Painting by John Hayls, three-quarter-length as St Catherine, with palm of martyrdom and wheel of torture (see C. MacLeod & J. M. Alexander, Painted Ladies at the Court of Charles II, exhibition catalogue, NPG/New Haven, 2001, pp 24-26). Begun 15 February and completed 15 March 1666. Listed in the Pepys Cockerell collection 1824 (see Samuel Pepys NPG 2100), but destroyed c.1830 by a Scottish nurse who ‘offended by the somewhat décolleté manner she was painted, cut the canvas up into strips’ (W. H. Whitear, More Pepysiana, 1927, p ii). Engraved J. Thomson 1825 and Hollyer. Pepys had intended to commission his wife’s portrait from Huysmans, but he proved difficult of access (31 May 1665).

Miniature by Samuel Cooper. Untraced. Painted in July-August 1668.

Marble bust by John Bushnell, see NPG 4824.

This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.