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Pamela preparing to go home
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 Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela, in order to avoid further threats to her virtue, decides to leave Danby Hall, where the lecherous Squire B. employs her. We see her preparing to depart. At her feet are the sumptuous clothes offered to her by Squire B., which she refuses to accept, as they would be ‘the price of my shame’. Instead, she clutches her own poor rags to her chest.


Original, surface not original

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 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