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"A Complete Wash-out

Background imageWash Collection: Advertisement for Vinolia Soap

Advertisement for Vinolia Soap - Mother! Mother!! Fidos eaten my soap!!! early 20th century

Background imageWash Collection: A Complete Wash-out, by William Heath Robinson

A Complete Wash-out, by William Heath Robinson
The trials of spring-cleaning as endured on the ark. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evans

Background imageWash Collection: View of All Saints Church, Fulham, London, 1836. Artist: Andrew Picken

View of All Saints Church, Fulham, London, 1836. Artist: Andrew Picken
View of All Saints Church, Fulham, London, 1836

Background imageWash Collection: Heath Robinson Kitchen 3 of 4

Heath Robinson Kitchen 3 of 4
Heath Robinson Does Away with Servants - Patent Applied for by " The Sketch" in the Kitchen. A busy Kitchen, which is a typically Heath Robinson design, with a system of pulleys

Background imageWash Collection: Another Wash-out by W. Heath Robinson

Another Wash-out by W. Heath Robinson
Training at home for the cross Channel swim with a man swimming suspended from a window with watering cans. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger

Background imageWash Collection: L Wain. This is the way we wash our face

L Wain. This is the way we wash our face
This is the Way We Wash Our Face. Artist: Louis Wain. A group of cats washing their faces Date: 1904

Background imageWash Collection: Advertising card for Thoms Castile Soap of Manchester

Advertising card for Thoms Castile Soap of Manchester
Advertising card by Louis Wain for the Gold Medal-winning Thoms Castile Soap - the Best in the World - manufactured by David Thom & Co. Ltd. of Pendleton, Manchester

Background imageWash Collection: WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS (1865-1939). Irish poet and playwright. Pencil and wash, c1910

WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS (1865-1939). Irish poet and playwright. Pencil and wash, c1910, by Augustus John

Background imageWash Collection: Ending in Smoke by Heath Robinson

Ending in Smoke by Heath Robinson
An ingenious smoke screen spreader for preventing embarrassing situations when the bathroom lock is out of order. Hilarious invention by the inimitable Heath Robinson allowing complete discretion for

Background imageWash Collection: Surreal study, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham

Surreal study, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham
Surreal study, 1952. Illustration for a poem by TS Eliot. Shirley Markham (1931-1999) studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central School of Art in London from 1950-1952

Background imageWash Collection: Cub Scout washing a window, Scout Job Week

Cub Scout washing a window, Scout Job Week
A Cub Scout washing a window which displays a poster advertising Scout Job Week. 1970s

Background imageWash Collection: Brown Bear Ursos arctos Katmai Alaska August

Brown Bear Ursos arctos Katmai Alaska August

Background imageWash Collection: Sea Otter - grooming. (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, WA) B2A4593

Sea Otter - grooming. (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, WA) B2A4593
TOM-1425 Sea Otter - grooming. Enhydra lutris (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, WA) Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageWash Collection: Dockhead Folly, Bermondsey, London, 1820. Artist: John Chessell Buckler

Dockhead Folly, Bermondsey, London, 1820. Artist: John Chessell Buckler
Dockhead Folly, Bermondsey, London, 1820

Background imageWash Collection: Borthwick Castle, Midlothian

Borthwick Castle, Midlothian. Williams, Hugh William Grecian 1773 - 1829 (attributed to)

Background imageWash Collection: Municipal laundry

Municipal laundry, Mahalaxmi dhobi ghat, Mumbai (Bombay), India, Asia

Background imageWash Collection: Wrights Coal Tar Soap advertisement, WW1

Wrights Coal Tar Soap advertisement, WW1
Lucky Beggar!...Send a bar to YOUR soldier friend. Advertisement for Wrights coal tar soap with a soldier the envy of all his comrades as he is enjoying a wash with a whole bar sent to him from home

Background imageWash Collection: Leopard and cub

Leopard and cub, Singita Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Background imageWash Collection: Suffragette to Prison

Suffragette to Prison
Go home and wash the kid ! is the advice kindly given to a suffragist as she is led to prison by two policemen

Background imageWash Collection: Washing baby

Washing baby
MODEL RELEASED. Washing baby. 9-month-old baby girl covered in soap suds while having a bath

Background imageWash Collection: Monday, Bryan Pearce (1929-2007)

Monday, Bryan Pearce (1929-2007)
Oil on board, 1959. Bryan Pearce was born in St Ives in 1929 and suffered from the then unknown condition Phenylketonuria, which affects the normal development of the brain

Background imageWash Collection: Berthe Morisot (1841-1895). Peasant girl hanging clothes to

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895). Peasant girl hanging clothes to
Berthe Morisot (1841-1895). French painter. Impressionism. Peasant girl hanging clothes to dry (1881). Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Copenhgen. Denmark

Background imageWash Collection: Poster for Le Fauteuil soap (colour litho)

Poster for Le Fauteuil soap (colour litho)
PER233992 Poster for Le Fauteuil soap (colour litho) by French School; Private Collection; (add.info.: Savon ideal Le Fauteuil extra garanti pur; Paranque et cie, Marseille; ); French

Background imageWash Collection: The horse wash at at Victoria Pier, Hull 15th June 1948

The horse wash at at Victoria Pier, Hull 15th June 1948

Background imageWash Collection: Newtons rents off Twine Court in Shadwell - the centre of one of the worst slums in Stepney

Newtons rents off Twine Court in Shadwell - the centre of one of the worst slums in Stepney, London. When the picture of the three women

Background imageWash Collection: Cardinal Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, 1532-1534 (1945). Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger

Cardinal Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, 1532-1534 (1945). Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger
Cardinal Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, 1532-1534 (1945). John Fisher (c. 19 October 1469 - 22 June 1535), venerated by Roman Catholics as Saint John Fisher

Background imageWash Collection: Toilet Services, Real Wedgwood Ware, Plate 50

Toilet Services, Real Wedgwood Ware, Plate 50, showing patterned washing bowls, jugs, soap dishes, and a slop pail far too nice to put slops in. Date: circa 1880s

Background imageWash Collection: Traditional Japanese bathing in upright wooden tub

Traditional Japanese bathing in upright wooden tub, heated by a small side stove Date: 1930

Background imageWash Collection: Battle of Talavera

Battle of Talavera, 1809 - Bataille de Talaveyra de la Reyna donn饠 le 18 juillet 1809 entre les armees anglo-espagnoles et Francaises

Background imageWash Collection: Water Baby by Muriel Dawson

Water Baby by Muriel Dawson -- a little child in a bathtub. Date: 1939

Background imageWash Collection: Mary anointing the feet of Jesus Christ

Mary anointing the feet of Jesus Christ
Mary of Bethany anointing the feet of Jesus Christ in gratitude for his raising of her brother Lazarus (and in preparation for his impending death and burial). Date: circa 1850

Background imageWash Collection: Capriccio Landscape, by Jean Victor Bertin

Capriccio Landscape, by Jean Victor Bertin (1767-1842). Date: circa 1810

Background imageWash Collection: White men bringing cleanliness to native cultures, 1890s

White men bringing cleanliness to native cultures, 1890s
" White mans burden" is to teach cleanliness, described in a Pears Soap ad, 1890s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWash Collection: Washing Board

Washing Board
A photograph demonstrating the use of a scrubbing board in a tub during washday in the early 20th century

Background imageWash Collection: Advert / Reckitts Blue

Advert / Reckitts Blue
Reckitts Blue - for a sparkling white wash

Background imageWash Collection: A typical working day in the Nuthouse hairdressing salon in the Royal Arcade

A typical working day in the Nuthouse hairdressing salon in the Royal Arcade, Cardiff - 22nd Sept 1976

Background imageWash Collection: Victorian Scrap, Pears Soap

Victorian Scrap, Pears Soap -- a mother monkey washes her dirty son. circa 1880s

Background imageWash Collection: Belturbet, Co. Cavan

Belturbet, Co. Cavan. Nixon, John c.1750 - 1818

Background imageWash Collection: WW2 - Laundry - It ll soon be hanging on the Siegfried Line

WW2 - Laundry - It ll soon be hanging on the Siegfried Line
WW2 humour - " Two British soldiers doing their laundry comment that " It ll soon be hanging on the Siegfried Line!". Date: circa 1944

Background imageWash Collection: Mary Magdalene washes Jesus feet with her hair. Stone relief, Burgundy, France, 13th century

Mary Magdalene washes Jesus feet with her hair. Stone relief, Burgundy, France, 13th century
JESUS AND MARY MAGDALENE. Mary Magdalene washes Jesus feet with her hair. Stone relief, Burgundy, France, 13th century

Background imageWash Collection: Girls Wash Dolls Clothes

Girls Wash Dolls Clothes
Two girls peg out their dolls laundry on a washing line in the garden. Date: circa 1890

Background imageWash Collection: The Little Miss Pussy Cats helping in the kitchen (colour litho)

The Little Miss Pussy Cats helping in the kitchen (colour litho)
7157455 The Little Miss Pussy Cats helping in the kitchen (colour litho) by Wain, Louis (1860-1939) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Little Miss Pussy Cats helping in the kitchen)

Background imageWash Collection: Jesus Christ anointed by a sinful woman at the house of Simon the Pharisee (engraving)

Jesus Christ anointed by a sinful woman at the house of Simon the Pharisee (engraving)
7172445 Jesus Christ anointed by a sinful woman at the house of Simon the Pharisee (engraving) by European School, (17th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageWash Collection: Wet, wet wet

Wet, wet wet
Julien Oncete

Background imageWash Collection: Cleanliness - Health - The Truest Wealth - promotional postcard for the Health & Cleanliness

Cleanliness - Health - The Truest Wealth - promotional postcard for the Health & Cleanliness Council (HCC) - 5 Tavistock Square, London. Date: circa late 1920s

Background imageWash Collection: Jamaica House, Cherry Garden Street, Bermondsey, London, 1826

Jamaica House, Cherry Garden Street, Bermondsey, London, 1826

Background imageWash Collection: London Bridge looking north from the upper landing of steps near Tooley Street, 1833

London Bridge looking north from the upper landing of steps near Tooley Street, 1833

Background imageWash Collection: Sanitary ware, Plate 42

Sanitary ware, Plate 42, showing wash basins, urinals and toilet bowls in a range of styles. Date: circa 1880s



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"A Complete Wash-out: Exploring the Whimsical World of William Heath Robinson" Step into the imaginative mind of artist William Heath Robinson as he takes us on a whimsical journey through his captivating artworks. From his famous "Heath Robinson Kitchen" series to the comical "Another Wash-out, " each piece showcases his unique talent for creating intricate and humorous illustrations. Intriguingly, one particular artwork titled "L Wain. This is the way we wash our face" captures a playful scene that transports us back to simpler times when daily routines were filled with joy and innocence. It reminds us of the importance of taking care of ourselves amidst life's chaos. On another note, an advertising card for Thoms Castile Soap from Manchester catches our attention, highlighting how even in early days, cleanliness was valued and promoted. The image evokes nostalgia for a bygone era when soap advertisements were charming and artistic. Moving forward in time, we encounter a stunning pencil and wash portrait of renowned Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats by Augustus John. The delicate strokes beautifully capture Yeats' essence while reminding us that art can be found even in something as simple as washing. Shifting gears to nature's wonders, we are mesmerized by Shirley Markham's surreal study depicting smoke ending in peculiar shapes. This thought-provoking artwork invites us to contemplate how cleansing rituals can extend beyond physicality into spiritual realms. Speaking of cleansing rituals, let's not forget about our animal friends. A heartwarming photograph showcases a leopard tenderly grooming its cub—a reminder that washing is not only essential but also an act rooted in love and care within the animal kingdom too. As we delve deeper into nature's embrace, an awe-inspiring image captures a majestic brown bear bathing itself in Katmai Alaska—an enchanting display of strength intertwined with gracefulness during this vital ritualistic moment.