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On display at V&A South Kensington
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Print

1780 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is one of a set of six prints telling the story of Harriet Heedless, a county girl who arrives in town looking for a position as a servant, only to be duped into becoming a 'kept woman' and later descending into prostitution and poverty. This set, published in 1780, is based on an earlier set by William Hogarth entitled 'The Harlot's Progress' (1732) and shows how his influence on printmaking remained strong fifty years on.

This print depicts the interior of the Statute Hall, a place where employers paid a fee to inspect prospective servants. However this print echoes a contemporary book by Richard King entitled 'The Frauds of London', which accuses Statute Halls of operating to procure prostitutes.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Etching and engraving
Brief Description
Print from a set of six 'The Modern Harlot's Progress or the Adventures of Harriet Heedless', printed by Carington Bowles, London; British, 1780.
Physical Description
A well-kept interior of a Statute Hall, where Harriet Heedless, identified by the letters HH on the box that she holds, has arrived to find a position as a servant. Harriet's dress, a cap and kerchief over a bodice and apron, identifies her as a country girl. On the wall are two frames pictures of men on horseback and two identical elaborately framed oval mirrors on either side of a three-part window with the central part arched. The hall manager stands (left) behind a counter and talks to a Rake who uses an eye-glass to look at Harriet from a distance. Harriet is handed a card by the 'Bawd', who is dressed fashionably and with her hair piled high under a hat. In the shop are a crowd of people. Next to the window a man strokes a girl on her chin. The window is a Serlian window.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 18.7cm
  • Sheet width: 27.1cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • The Modern HARLOT'S PROGRESS, or Adventures of HARRIET HEEDLESS. (across top above image)
  • Harriet Heedless applying to a Statue Hall for a Place, is seen by a Rake, and decoy'd by a Bawd. An Old Fellow chucks a Girls chin, / and other Characters are looking for Servants, or Services. (across bottom below image)
  • Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No. 69 in St Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs, 15 May 1780 (across bottom below image and description)
  • 97 (numbered bottom right corner below image)
  • 1 (numbered top right corner above image)
  • BOOK 25 (top left corner above image)
  • H.H. (on box held by Harriet)
Object history
RP No. 92/2553
Subjects depicted
Summary
This is one of a set of six prints telling the story of Harriet Heedless, a county girl who arrives in town looking for a position as a servant, only to be duped into becoming a 'kept woman' and later descending into prostitution and poverty. This set, published in 1780, is based on an earlier set by William Hogarth entitled 'The Harlot's Progress' (1732) and shows how his influence on printmaking remained strong fifty years on.



This print depicts the interior of the Statute Hall, a place where employers paid a fee to inspect prospective servants. However this print echoes a contemporary book by Richard King entitled 'The Frauds of London', which accuses Statute Halls of operating to procure prostitutes.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
British Museum. Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires. London. 1870-1954.
Collection
Accession Number
E.534-1993

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