Joseph Highmore
VII: Pamela in the Bedroom with Mrs Jewkes and Mr B. 1743–4

Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Highmore 1692–1780
Title
VII: Pamela in the Bedroom with Mrs Jewkes and Mr B.
Date 1743–4
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 627 x 757 mm
frame: 840 x 960 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1921
Reference
N03574
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1730

Display caption

This scene 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 disguised as a maid with an apron thrown over his head, waiting to jump into bed with her. Highmore produced his illustrations independently of Richardson, though the two men became close friends as a result of the paintings.

February 2016

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