Samuel Pepys Esq.r.Autograph of Secretary Pepys. From an original letter in the Possession of John Thane.
Etching with very large margins. 175 x 95mm (7 x 3¾")
Samuel Pepys [1633 - 1703], an important naval administrator, is famous for the diaries that he wrote in shorthand between 1660 and 1669. His skill lay in his close observation and total recall of the details of his private life and thoughts on social and political life in London. A passionate man, his great loves were his library, the theatre and 'music and women'. His professional preoccupations were with economics and politics but he retired following the Revolution of 1688 after refusing to swear an oath of allegiance to William and Mary. Nevertheless, he remained a key figure in social, intellectual and naval circles.
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