‘The Modest Girl rejects the Illicit Addresses of the Master’, Thomas Hellyer, after James Northcote, 1796

‘The Modest Girl rejects the Illicit Addresses of the Master’, Thomas Hellyer, after James Northcote, 1796

etching, h 465mm × w 537mm More details

This print belongs to a series of ten with the title Diligence and Dissipation, about two servant girls – a virtuous one and a debauched one – living with an unmarried gentleman. In this episode, the good maid is resisting her master’s advances. The moralizing caption urges women to keep their honour spotless, a piece of advice that was heeded by this girl, who married her master at the end of the story.

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