Resource: Mon dieu! C’est un pot de chambre scandaleux!
Following my recent post about poor Basil Hall’s run-in with unhappy readers, I went on a chamber pot hunt, because I was curious if there were other unfortunate people whose portraits had ended up on the bottom of a jerry. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very lucky, but at least I learned that William Randolph Hearst, the American newspaper magnate, presented his professors with chamber pots with their pictures prior to his expulsion from Harvard. Now we know why it’s called “gutterpress” – and who knows what “Rosebud” really was…!
Anyway, I did find one chamberpot which was just too good not to share with you. I wonder if it was a present from Emma to Nelson!
“A picture is worth a thousand words.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte
Well – I don’t think that this is what he had in mind…!
Chamber pot, 1805, stoneware, made in Britain