Joseph HighmoreVII: Pamela in the Bedroom with Mrs Jewkes and Mr B. 1743-4

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Joseph Highmore (1692‑1780)
VII: Pamela in the Bedroom with Mrs Jewkes and Mr B.
Date 1743-4
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 627 x 757 mm frame: 840 x 960 x 110 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1921
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1730

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This is the seventh in Highmore’s series of illustrations to Samuel Richardson’s novel, Pamela. It shows Mr B.’s most dastardly attempt to seduce Pamela. Aided by the unprincipled housekeeper Mrs Jewkes, shown in bed to the right, Mr B. hides in Pamela’s bedroom. He sits on the left, disguised as a maid with an apron thrown over his head, waiting to jump into bed with her. His evil design is thwarted, however, when Pamela falls into an uncontrollable hysterical fit.

Highmore produced his illustrations independently of Richardson, though the two men became close friends as a result of the paintings.

September 2004

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