Pamela tells a nursery tale
Highmore, Joseph; painter; British artist, 1692-1780
oil paint; medium
oil on canvas
height, canvas, 62.9, cm
width, canvas, 74.7, cm
height, frame, 82.5
width, frame, 95.5
depth, frame, 10
Joseph Highmore's sale, London, Langford's, 5 March 1762 (24); coll. Major Dermot McCalmont, Cheveley Park, Cambridgshire; his sale, Christie's, 26 November 1920 (130), bt. A.H. Buttery; purchased from him by the National Gallery, whence acquired by the Fitzwilliam Museum
Engraved: in reverse, dated 1 July 1745, by A. Benoist, with text 'Pamela with her Children and Miss Goodwin to whom she is telling her nursery tales. This last Piece leaves her in full possession of the peaceable fruits of her Virtue long after having surmounted all the difficulties It had been exposed to'.
From the Marlay Fund.
; verso, stretcher; No 12
label; verso, stretcher; R.A. of Arts / Exhibition of British Art 1934 / J.Highmore, No 237 / Pamela tells a Nursery tale / The Fitzwilliam Museum / Cambridge
; verso, frame; red pencil; 2
Constable, William George. 1927. Catalogue of Pictures in the Marlay Bequest, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press
Goodison, J. W.. 1977. Catalogue of Paintings in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Vol. III, British School.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 103-105
Waterhouse, Ellis. 1953. Painting in Britain, 1530-1790.
, Royal Academy of Arts1935. Commemorative catalogue of the exhibition of British Art...1934.
James, Philip. 1933. Children's Books of Yesterday.p. 18
Hayes, J.. 1991. The Portrait in British Art.London?: p. 82
reproduced, exh. cat. accompanying the exh. at the National Portrait Gallery, London
Object Number: M.Add.9
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