Punishment, prostitution, and moral instruction
"Fallen women" were sent to Magdalene homes to regain moral alignment. These women could have been prostitutes, mothers out of wedlock, or girls without support networks in life. In the painting, the women are sitting in the home, listening to a sermon. The name "Magdelene" comes from the biblical figure Mary Magdelene.
Rowlandson, Thomas. “Magdalen Chapel.” Metmuseum.org, www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/744524.
Met Museum Website (Metmuseum.org)
Feb. 1, 1809
Still Image Item Type Metadata
Hand-colored etching and aquatint print
9 3/8 × 11 1/4 in.
Thomas Rowlandson, “Magdalene chapel,” Enlightenmens, accessed January 28, 2023, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/485.