Joseph Highmore
IX: Pamela is Married 1743–4

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Joseph Highmore 1692–1780
IX: Pamela is Married
Date 1743–4
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 628 x 760 mm
frame: 840 x 970 x 110 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1921
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1730

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This painting shows the high point of the first part of Richardson’s novel. Having failed in his attempts to seduce Pamela, Mr B sees the error of his ways and becomes a reformed man. The couple marry in secret in Mr B’s private chapel. On Pamela’s left is her humble but dignified father, who gives her away. In the background, behind Mr B, is the housekeeper Mrs Jewkes, now also a reformed character. She grasps a bottle of smelling salts in case she is overwhelmed with emotion.

February 2016

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