The Portraits of Samuel Pepys by John Hayls and Sir Peter Lely

By Donald Dale, published February 1942


Donald Dale analyses the provenance of these portraits in depth, establishing which is the better original portrait of Pepys through exploration of the views of many critics through the ages and of other Pepys portraits. The Hayls portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, the Clockworks Company portrait, debates about replicas, the Lely portrait at Magdalene College, Cambridge, the original Kneller (or Savill?) print in the Pepysian Library, Magdalene College, and others are explored. Dale’s opinions of the many other critics’ views abound. Pepys’s portrait sittings and the original reputations of Hayls and Lely are also examined.

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Subjects include: Art & Music | Biography

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