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Pamela and Lady Davers
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

Knowing his family will frown upon their marriage, Squire B. and the maidservant Pamela take their wedding vows in secret. Squire B.’s sister, Lady Davers (now Pamela’s sister-in-law), is indeed outraged and brutally accuses Pamela of indecent behaviour. Pamela, however, holds her own, declaring that: ‘I must tell your ladyship, I scorn your words and am as much married as your ladyship!’


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