Model sink, London, England, 1815-1900

1815-1900 in Lambeth
Royal Doulton Limited

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Model wash basin, one of four sanitary ware models by Doulton, 19th century Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model sink, one of four sanitary ware models by Doulton, 19th century

Made by the famous ceramic company Doulton, this model sink may have been used by travelling salesmen or displayed in an exhibition teaching the public about cleanliness. The health dangers of not washing hands after going to the toilet or before preparing and eating food is common knowledge today but this was not the case throughout much of the 1800s. Hand-washing can prevent the spread of disease.


Object Number:
  • visual and verbal communication

Cite this page


We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.

Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero

Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data


Download catalogue entry as json

View manifest in IIIF viewer

Add to Animal Crossing Art Generator

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.