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by John Haylsoil on canvas, 166629 3/4 in. x 24 3/4 in. (756 mm x 629 mm)Purchased, 1866NPG 211
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23 October 2018, 17:32
The robe Pepys chose to be depicted in is of silk satin, called 'Indian' in his diary entries for March 1666, but likely to be Turkish or Persian in origin. The looseness and informality of the gown and of the linen sleeves and cravat add to his depiction as an artist (musician), rather than as the senior civil servant and confidante of the King he had become by this date, for which a more elaborate, close fitting "suit" of a coat, waistcoat and tight lace cravat would have been appropriate.
28 March 2016, 02:30
About the velvet coat he's wearing in the portrait. From Samuel Pepys's diary entry of 25 August 1660: (Guthenberg project so free to public) 'This night W. Hewer brought me home from Mr. Pim's my velvet coat and cap, the first that ever I had.'
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