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The Elopement: Pamela flying to the Coach, while Lady Davers sends Two of her Footmen to stop her (from Samuel Richardson's Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded, 1740-1) (a Vauxhall Supper Box Picture)

Francis Hayman, RA (Exeter 1708 – London 1776)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1740 - circa 1741

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1330 x 1820 mm

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Sizergh Castle, Cumbria

On show at

Sizergh Castle, Cumbria, North, National Trust

NT 998400

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, The Elopement: Pamela flying to the Coach, while Lady Davers sends Two of her Footmen to stop her (from Samuel Richardson's Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded, 1740-1) (a Vauxhall Supper Box Picture) by Francis Hayman, RA (Exeter 1708 – London 1776), circa 1740. A painted illustration of an episode from Samuel Richardson's epistolary novel 'Pamela'; a young lady runs to a carriage while a young man threatens their pursuers with his sword. Pamela flies to a coach, left, on a road beyond the garden wall of a house, at the right, from the window of which Lady Davers encourages two footmen to arrest her; they are prevented from doing so by a man who has drawn his sword. Richardson's novel, Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded, was published in 1740-1 and is still one of the longest in the english language.This painting and its companion are much repainted, but newly restored survivors of Hayman’s decorations of the supper boxes at the Vauxhall pleasure-grounds in London.

Provenance

Formerly in the alcoves at Vauxhall Gardens (?); Vauxhall Gardens sale (Ventom & Hughes), 12 October 1841 [not individually lotted]; bought by William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale (1757 - 1844) in 1841; Lowther Castle sale, 29 April 1947, lot 1844, bought Henry Hornyold-Strickland (1890 – 1975) by whom given with Sizergh Castle and its estates in 1950

Makers and roles

Francis Hayman, RA (Exeter 1708 – London 1776), artist

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