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Michael Robinson  •  Link

Monument to Will Hewer, 1715, St. Paul, Clapham.

"Large tablet, chiefly drapery, with two cherubs high up holding a portrait medallion; also of very good quality. The design is adapted from Bernini's monument of 1643 to Maria Raggia in S. Maria sopra Minerva, Rome"

Buildings of England, London 2: South p. 381

Kevin Peter  •  Link

I didn't realize until now that a portrait of Will Hewer exists and is owned by the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

In 1689, Will Hewer had his portrait done along with Pepys' 1689 portrait. The two portraits were intended to be displayed as a pair. Both portraits were painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller.

Will Hewer's portrait can be found here:


The corresponding Samuel Pepys portrait of 1689 can be found here:


Terry Foreman  •  Link

Will Hewer

Hewer was employed by Samuel Pepys as a manservant and office clerk for Pepys' work as the new Clerk of the Acts to the Navy Board. Hewer is frequently mentioned in Pepys' diary as a trusted friend as well as an assistant. As their relationship developed, it became a professional partnership as well as a personal friendship. When Pepys moved to the Admiralty in 1673, Hewer moved to the Admiralty as well and became Chief Clerk the following year. In 1677, he was appointed as Judge Advocate-General.

Bill  •  Link

William Hewer, of whose family nothing more is known except that his father died of the plague, 14th Sept. 1665. He became afterwards a Commissioner of the Navy, and Treasurer for Tangier; and was the constant companion of Pepys, who died in his house at Clapham, previously the residence of Sir Dennis Gauden. Mr. Hewer was buried in the old church at Clapham, where a large monument of marble, with his bust in alto-relievo, erected to his memory, was, on the rebuilding of the church placed outside, and in November, 1852, nearly destroyed.
---Diary and correspondence of Samuel Pepys, the diary deciphered by J. Smith. 1854.

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