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Going Potty About Commodes Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski Tuesday 14 May 2019

Whilst having a chair with a hinged seat under which a chamber pot resides was at times most “commodus”, the commode this lecture refers to served a more decorative purpose and was to be found in the grandest of 18th century rooms. As Sheraton put it, commodes were “...never intended for use but for ornament” Tracing their origin in late 17th century France and development through to the end of the 18th century there and in England provides an insight into the fashions and life- styles of this period. 

Janusz  retired after a 35 year career in higher education. He has been an Art Society lecturer since1982 and has lectured to more than 300 societies.