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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C , Case GG, Shelf 75, Box C

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
The interior of a bedroom furnished with a curtained bed, a dressing table with mirror, a round table and chairs, and a carpet with arabesque pattern. On the wall are three landscape paintings and a fourth painting depicting a woman and Cupid. There is a Serlian window, through which can be seen parkland with lake.



Harriet sits in a swoon next to a writing table where the Rake is reading a letter inviting 'William' to meet her at the piazza. A maid hides in the doorway watching the scene.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 22.2cm
  • Sheet width: 28.7cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Harriet being discovered by her Keeper in making an appointment with his Footman, faints away, while the Maid listens to know the result. (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)
  • 100 (numbered bottom right corner below image)
  • 4 (numbered top right corner above image)
  • Dear / William / meet me / under / the / piazza / at 6 / o'Clock (writing visible on the paper on the writing 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.537-1993

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