Sunday 18 October 1668

(Lord’s day). Up, and with my boy Tom all the morning altering the places of my pictures with great pleasure, and at noon to dinner, and then comes Mr. Shales to see me, and I with him to recommend him to my Lord Brouncker’s service, which I did at Madam Williams’s, and my Lord receives him. Thence with Brouncker to Lincolne’s Inn, and Mr. Ball, to visit Dr. Wilkins, now newly Bishop of Chester: and he received us mighty kindly; and had most excellent discourse from him about his Book of Reall Character: and so I with Lord Brouncker to White Hall, and there saw the Queen and some ladies, and with Lord Brouncker back, it again being a rainy evening, and so my Lord forced to lend me his coach till I got a hackney, which I did, and so home and to supper, and got my wife to read to me, and so to bed.

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Andrew Hamilton  •  Link

"all the morning altering the places of my pictures with great pleasure"

It seems Sam took advice from Mr. Gibbs (see yesterday).

GrahamT  •  Link

Uncovered indeed. Before restoration, the portrait wore a blouse thought to have been added in the 19th century - now removed.
I can highly recommend the National Portrait Gallery to anyone visiting London. As well as the original of the portrait of Pepys at the head of the page, there are portraits of Charles, James, a dashing Prince Rupert and several of Charles' mistresses. Pretty, Witty Nell is the icing on the cake.

Nate  •  Link

I first knew who Nell was when I visited London while sailing on a freighter in May of 1959. Somehow we found the "Nell Gwyn Club" a kind of strip bar, which as I recall, was in a building which was her home. Breasts were displayed but not nipples.

john  •  Link

"altering the places of my pictures with great pleasure" paints a wonderful picture. Not with pictures but I have spent the odd weekend morning moving books around in my library "with great pleasure".

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