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  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1780 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carington Bowles (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and engraving

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 75, box C

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.

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.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


1780 (published)


Carington Bowles (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and engraving

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

numbered bottom right corner below image

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


Height: 18.1 cm sheet, Width: 26.8 cm sheet

Object history note

RP No. 92/2553

Descriptive line

Print from a set of six 'The Modern Harlot's Progress or the Adventures of Harriet Heedless', printed by Carington Bowles, London; British, 1780.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

British Museum. Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires. London. 1870-1954.


Printing ink; Paper


Etching; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Chairs; Costume; Nurse; Interior views; Bowls; Windows; Jugs; Workhouses; Tables; Shovel; Doctor; Prostitutes; Caricatures


Fashion; Interiors; Satire; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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