Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution

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 (Dutch attack on the Medway, The Royal Charles carried into Dutch Waters, 12 June 1667, Ludolf Backhuysen, 1667 © National Maritime Museum, London)
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Dutch attack on the Medway, The Royal Charles carried into Dutch Waters, 12 June 1667, Ludolf Backhuysen, 1667 © National Maritime Museum, London
 (First transcriptions of Samuel Pepys's diary, John Smith 1825 © By permission of the Master and Fellows of Magdalene College, Cambridge)
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First transcriptions of Samuel Pepys's diary, John Smith 1825 © By permission of the Master and Fellows of Magdalene College, Cambridge
 (Flagship Naseby, Robert Spence, 1943 © National Maritime Museum, London)
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Flagship Naseby, Robert Spence, 1943 © National Maritime Museum, London
 (Memoirs of the Royal Navy © National Maritime Museum, London)
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Memoirs of the Royal Navy © National Maritime Museum, London
 (Portrait of Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1689 © National Maritime Museum, London)
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Portrait of Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1689 © National Maritime Museum, London
 (Love Letter from Charles II to Louis de Keroualle, 1675 © The Trustees of the Goodwood Collection)
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Love Letter from Charles II to Louis de Keroualle, 1675 © The Trustees of the Goodwood Collection
 (Snuff box in the form of Ovid's 'Art of Love' given to Nell Gwyn by Charles II, c.1688 © Reproduced by kind permission of the Royal Cornwall Museum)
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Snuff box in the form of Ovid's 'Art of Love' given to Nell Gwyn by Charles II, c.1688 © Reproduced by kind permission of the Royal Cornwall Museum
 (Painting of 'The Fire of London, September 1666' © National Maritime Museum, London)
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Painting of 'The Fire of London, September 1666' © National Maritime Museum, London
 (Samuel Pepys, John Hayls, 1666 © National Portrait Gallery, London)
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Samuel Pepys, John Hayls, 1666 © National Portrait Gallery, London
 (The History of the Coronation of James II and of Queen Mary, Francis Standford, 1687 © The British Library Board)
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The History of the Coronation of James II and of Queen Mary, Francis Standford, 1687 © The British Library Board

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The great diarist's character and reports are colourfully represented in this exhibition about seventeenth-century Britain

There'd be no Bridget Jones without him, but Samuel Pepys was so much more than just his diary. Discover the great man's habits, stories and experiences in an exhibition about the period between the execution of Charles I (1649) and the Glorious Revolution (1688),  presented using Pepys's voice and character. Through 200 paintings and objects gathered from international museums, galleries and private collections, visitors will see the full story behind this formative era of British history, as well as getting an insight into Pepys's penchant for gossip, music and women.

Buy tickets for a special late opening of the exhibition (Nov 26) on our Pepys Late offer page.

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