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Pamela fainting
oil on canvas
63.5 × 76.2 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1921
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Gallery location
17th to 18th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

In 1743–44 Joseph Highmore created twelve paintings based on Samuel Richardson’s popular novel Pamela (1740–41). These paintings are now divided equally between the Tate Gallery, London, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the National Gallery of Victoria. Pamela tells the story of a maidservant, Pamela Andrews, who resisted the lustful attempts of her young master, Squire B., to seduce her (as seen here). She eventually converts him to goodness, and her virtue is rewarded by a marriage above her status.


Joseph Highmore painted twelve scenes from Samuel Richards novel Pamela (1740-41) of which four are in the collection of the NGV.
The paintings date to 1743-44. The four paintings are housed in nearly identical frames.
The frame on this painting, Pamela fainting is slightly at variance with the other three, either through restoration or being a later reproduction to fit the group.

The painting was cleaned in 2002.

Unknown - 18th century