[Pamela, Plate 1].Pamela is represented in this first Piece, writing in her late Lady's dressing room, her History being known only by her letters. She is here surprised by Mr. B. who improves this occasion to further his designs. Pamela est représentée en ce premier tableau écrivant dans le cabinet de toilette de sa defunte Maitresse, son Histoire n'etant connüe que par ses lettres. elle est surprise par M.r. B. qui profite de cette occasion pour pouser ses vües.
Published, acording to Act of Parliament, Jult 1.st. 1745.
Line engraving with large margins. Plate: 380 x 300mm, (15 x 12"). Slight paper loss off image top right.
An illustration of an episode in Samuel Richardson's hugely popular, 1740 novel 'Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded'. In this first scene of twelve Pamela is interupted whilst writing letters by her late mistress's husband, who thoughout the course of the novel, becomes increasingly infatuated with her. Taking advantage of the popularity of Richardson's novel Joseph Highmore painted a series of twelve oil paintings which depicted the events in the novel.
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