Pepys' fame derives both from the private diary he kept from 1660 to 1669, which gives a unique insight into both his times and his character and from his importance as a Naval administrator over a much longer period from 1660, initially under the patronage of his cousin, Edward Montagu, first Earl of Sandwich. A half-length portrait to right in a feigned oval. He wears a brown silk coat and brown full-bottomed wig. It is one of three portraits painted for him, the others being of his former secretary and faithful friend William Hewer, with whom he lived in retirement at Clapham until his death, and John Jackson, his nephew. The pictures remained in Pepys's family until Pepys and Hewer were purchased for the National Maritime Museum by Sir James Caird in 1931.
Artist: Godfrey Kneller
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