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Sairey Gamp character jug - England circa 1950

Sairey Gamp character jug produced in England circa 1950. Sairey Gamp, or Mrs. Gamp as she is more commonly known, is a nurse in the novel Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens, first published as a serial in 1843-1844. Mrs. Gamp is dissolute, sloppy and generally drunk. She became a notorious stereotype of untrained and incompetent nurses of the early Victorian era, before the reforms of campaigners like Florence Nightingale. The caricature was popular with the British public. A type of umbrella became known as a gamp because Mrs. Gamp always carries one, which she displays with "particular ostentation". The character was based upon a real nurse described to Dickens by his friend, Angela Burdett-Coutts. The jug is incised on the back "Co Pending JC".

Maker:

unknown

England

circa 1950

Model #:

Chalkware

character jug

Size:

tiny

Height:

2"

Sairey Gamp character jug - England circa 1950
Sairey Gamp character jug - England circa 1950
Sairey Gamp character jug - England circa 1950
Sairey Gamp character jug - England circa 1950
Sairey Gamp character jug - England circa 1950
Sairey Gamp character jug - England circa 1950
Sairey Gamp character jug - England circa 1950
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