Two Nerdy History Girls has a great post about chamber pots
(did you know they're shaped like a figure eight when they're meant for use by women?). I thought I'd add to their post with a couple of images of women using them. Yes, these are period images. No, I have no idea WHY someone would choose to illustrate this. This is a painting by a favorite artist of mine. Boucher often painted intimate scenes, but this one is just about as intimate as you can get, and you can clearly see just how the chamber pot was used, and how difficult it must have been to keep your skirts clear of it (and why drawers would have been a problem!).
|François Boucher, La Toilette intime, 1760|
There's another image from a few decades later that shows a woman washing herself in an earlier bidet. Seems like a much more humane way to have set up a chamber pot for use, doesn't it?
|Louis-Léopold Boilly, |
La Toilette intime ou la Rose effeuillee,1790