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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.


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
Harriet Heedless now working as a maid, brings a tray of food to the bedroom of a Rake, who is wearing a dressing gown (or banyan) and hair curlers. On the table beside him is the 'Morning Post' newspaper and a closed book. The 'Bawd' opens the door for Harriet and outside the door on the staircase, the scene is watched by a maid servant.



The room is furnished with curtained bed, a table, chairs and an ornately framed round mirror and arabesque-patterned carpet. On the wall are three pictures, one of a woman holding a mask, the other a portrait of a man and an oval picture between them depicting Cupid wearing a blind-fold.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 21.5cm
  • Sheet width: 28cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Harriet introduced to the Rake, in the Character of a Servant, while the Bawd skulks behind the Door. (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)
  • 98 (numbered bottom right corner below image)
  • 2 (numbered top right corner above image)
  • MORNING / POST (title of the newspaper on the table)
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.

Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
British Museum. Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires. London. 1870-1954.
Collection
Accession Number
E.535-1993

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