Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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Portrait of Sarah Malcolm in Prison

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000047
Hogarth, William (English painter and engraver, 1697-1764)

Oil on canvas
48.8 x 38.7 cm
Inscriptions: in Horace Walpole’s hand on back of canvas: ‘Portrait of Sarah Malcolm drawn in Newgate the day before her execution
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, Bequest of Lady Dundas 1897. NG 838

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Green Closet

1774 Description: A portrait of Sarah Malcolm, who was hanged for murdering her mistress and two other women in the Temple. She is sitting at a table in Newgate, with popish beads before her. This was drawn by Hogarth the day before her execution, and she had put on red to look the better. (28)

1784 Description: Text same as 1774 Description (23)

Sale Text: A painting by Hogarth, a Portrait of Sarah Malcolm, taken the day before her execution, by this famous master; it has been engraved.

Object History

Provenance: By 1771, Horace Walpole; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 18, lot 72 bt C. K. Sharpe, Esq., £24.3.0; Bequeathed by him to Lady Jane Charteris (1811-97), daughter of the Earl of Weymss; from 1858 Lady Jane Dundas; 1897, Bequest of Lady Jane Dundas to National Gallery of Scotland.

Exhibition History: British Institution, 1863, no. 168
South Kensington, “National Portrait Exhibition,” 1868, no. 802
Edinburgh, “International Exhibition of Industry, Science & Art,”1886, no. 1406.
"Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, no. 259.

Bibliography: W. S. Lewis, Horace Walpole, Bollingen Series 35 The A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts 9 (New York: Pantheon Books, 1961), 122.
M.A. Doody, "The law, the page, and the body of woman: murder and murderesses in the age of Johnson," Age of Johnson (New York: AMS Press, 1987), 130-131.
Mark Hallet and Christina Riding, Hogarth (London: Tate Publishing, 2006), no. 95 for the related etching.