Viscountess Harriet Bridgeman CBE is the founder of the Bridgeman Art Library, a company that provides a large collection of fine art images. During her time as an editor and author, Harriet Bridgeman discovered the need for easier access to illustrations of works of art. The concept of the Bridgeman Art Library emerged in 1972 and developed to allow users to access thousands of images at the same time providing extra income for the museums, collections, artists and institutions which it represents.

In 1997, Harriet was awarded the European Women of Achievement Award in the Arts. The award was given in recognition of the Bridgeman Art Library's promotion of European culture and the European scope of its clients, collections and research.

Harriet has been a supporter of Prisoners Abroad for many years.