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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
Interior of a workhouse with a group of people standing and sitting, including a man filling a tankard with drink, an old woman smoking a pipe, a woman breast-feeding a baby, a woman handing a glass to another, and a small child eating using a window seat as a table. On the wall is a sign stating the rules of the workhouse. Various plain utensils, jugs, tea-pot and mixing bowls lie round about and on the mantle.



Harriet sits in a chair wrapped in a blanket and looking feeble. Next to her are a nurse and doctor, the doctor handing a bottle to the nurse. In the background ragged clothes are hung up to dry and to the right a large open fire.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 18.1cm
  • Sheet width: 26.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Harriet tained with Disease, goes into a Workhouse, where the Doctor attended by his Footboy, brings her a Daught, / the Nurse describes her illness, and the other Figures are curiously employed. (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)
  • RULES / for the better / Regulation of / WORKHOUSES / [rest illegible...] (Sign on wall in image)
  • Going to rest (Label on the medicine bottle)
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.539-1993

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