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Sairey Gamp character jug full colorway - Weetman Giftware circa 1960

Sairey Gamp character jug in a full colorway produced by Weetman Giftware of Tunstall, England, circa 1960. 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 Sairey 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.

Maker:

Weetman Giftware

England

circa 1960

Model #:

character jug

Size:

medium

Height:

3 1/2"

Sairey Gamp character jug full colorway - Weetman Giftware circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug full colorway - Weetman Giftware circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug full colorway - Weetman Giftware circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug full colorway - Weetman Giftware circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug full colorway - Weetman Giftware circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug full colorway - Weetman Giftware circa 1960
Sairey Gamp character jug full colorway - Weetman Giftware circa 1960
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