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Hygiene Collection

Maintaining proper hygiene is as essential as the air we breathe

Background imageHygiene Collection: The Toilet Drawing by Edgar Degas (1834-1917) 19th century Paris, Louvre Museum

The Toilet Drawing by Edgar Degas (1834-1917) 19th century Paris, Louvre Museum
JLJ4574478 The Toilet Drawing by Edgar Degas (1834-1917) 19th century Paris, Louvre Museum by Degas, Edgar (1834-1917); Louvre, Paris

Background imageHygiene Collection: Advertisement for Vinolia Soap

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

Background imageHygiene Collection: bronco, toilet, paper, advertisement

bronco, toilet, paper, advertisement

Background imageHygiene Collection: The bath or the woman in the bath or the bathtub Painting by Alfred Stevens (1823-1906

The bath or the woman in the bath or the bathtub Painting by Alfred Stevens (1823-1906
JLJ4655971 The bath or the woman in the bath or the bathtub Painting by Alfred Stevens (1823-1906) 1867 Sun. 0, 74x0, 93 m Paris, musee d Orsay by Stevens

Background imageHygiene Collection: Quarreling and scuffling in a womens bathhouse, Japan. Artist: Yoshiiku

Quarreling and scuffling in a womens bathhouse, Japan. Artist: Yoshiiku
Quarreling and scuffling in a womens bathhouse, Japan

Background imageHygiene Collection: Pears Soap Advertisement

Pears Soap Advertisement

Background imageHygiene Collection: Wringer, wet clothes dryer

Wringer, wet clothes dryer
Antique illustration of a wringer, wet clothes dryer

Background imageHygiene Collection: CASSATT: THE BATH, 1891-2. Oil on canvas by Mary Cassatt

CASSATT: THE BATH, 1891-2. Oil on canvas by Mary Cassatt

Background imageHygiene Collection: EDGAR DEGAS: THE TUB, 1886. Pastel on paper

EDGAR DEGAS: THE TUB, 1886. Pastel on paper

Background imageHygiene Collection: PEARS SOAP ADVERTISEMENT. Engraved English advertisement, 1889

PEARS SOAP ADVERTISEMENT. Engraved English advertisement, 1889

Background imageHygiene Collection: FRENCH SOAP ADVERTISEMENT. French advertising poster by Jean Carlu, 1925, for Monsavon soap

FRENCH SOAP ADVERTISEMENT. French advertising poster by Jean Carlu, 1925, for Monsavon soap

Background imageHygiene Collection: RENOIR: SEATED BATHER, 1885. Pierre Auguste Renoir: Seated Bather. Canvas, 1885

RENOIR: SEATED BATHER, 1885. Pierre Auguste Renoir: Seated Bather. Canvas, 1885

Background imageHygiene Collection: Old fashioned outdoor lavatory or pissoir, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

Old fashioned outdoor lavatory or pissoir, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

Background imageHygiene Collection: Outback dunny and Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory

Outback dunny and Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, Pacific

Background imageHygiene Collection: Rubber ducks

Rubber ducks

Background imageHygiene Collection: Rubber duck

Rubber duck in a foamy bath

Background imageHygiene Collection: Laboratory technician

Laboratory technician
MODEL RELEASED. MODEL RELEASED. Laboratory technician wearing a face mask and hair net

Background imageHygiene Collection: Rubber ducks

Rubber ducks in a foamy bath

Background imageHygiene Collection: Advertisement for Babbitts Best Soap, c. 1880 (colour litho)

Advertisement for Babbitts Best Soap, c. 1880 (colour litho)
HGL396881 Advertisement for Babbitts Best Soap, c.1880 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Hagley Museum & Library, Wilmington, Delaware, USA; eHagley Museum and Library; American

Background imageHygiene Collection: Advertisement for Pears soap (colour litho)

Advertisement for Pears soap (colour litho)
CHT170001 Advertisement for Pears soap (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Background imageHygiene Collection: Advert for Wrights coal tar soap, 1914

Advert for Wrights coal tar soap, 1914. A print from the Illustrated London News, 13th June 1914

Background imageHygiene Collection: Communist China - training barefoot doctors

Communist China - training barefoot doctors
Communist China - a military doctor trains three young women as so-called barefoot doctors, usually village-based farm workers trained in primary health care and basic hygiene, including acupuncture

Background imageHygiene Collection: Illustration of child sitting on toilet holding roll of toilet paper

Illustration of child sitting on toilet holding roll of toilet paper

Background imageHygiene Collection: CHIMNEY SWEEP, 1890. American advertisement for Pears Soap, 1890

CHIMNEY SWEEP, 1890. American advertisement for Pears Soap, 1890

Background imageHygiene Collection: Greek mathematician and inventor. Archimedes in his tub, discovering the relationship between weight

Greek mathematician and inventor. Archimedes in his tub, discovering the relationship between weight
ARCHIMEDES (c287-212 B.C.). Greek mathematician and inventor. Archimedes in his tub, discovering the relationship between weight and displacement of water. Woodcut, German, 16th century

Background imageHygiene Collection: SOAP AD, 20th CENTURY. Have You a Little Fairy in Your Home? : American magazine advertisement

SOAP AD, 20th CENTURY. Have You a Little Fairy in Your Home? : American magazine advertisement, early 20th century
SOAP AD, 20th CENTURY. " Have You a Little Fairy in Your Home?" : American magazine advertisement, early 20th century, for Fairy Soup

Background imageHygiene Collection: TITANIC: SOAP AD, 1912. The White Star liner Titanic used in an English newspaper advertisement

TITANIC: SOAP AD, 1912. The White Star liner Titanic used in an English newspaper advertisement for Vinolia Otto toilet soap shortly before the liner sank, April 1912, in the Atlantic Ocean

Background imageHygiene Collection: Plague doctor, France, 18th century

Plague doctor, France, 18th century
Plague doctor. Artwork of the clothing used by doctors during plague outbreaks. This design, though in use much earlier, is from The Great Plague of Marseilles, France, in 1720

Background imageHygiene Collection: Bath house scene, a print by Toyohara Kunichika, 19th century. Artist: Toyohara Kunichika

Bath house scene, a print by Toyohara Kunichika, 19th century. Artist: Toyohara Kunichika
Bath house scene, a print by Toyohara Kunichika, 19th century. Toyohara Kunichika was a Japanese artist who worked in both the Edo and Meiji eras

Background imageHygiene Collection: Water! Water! Everywhere; and not a Drop to Drink, 1849

Water! Water! Everywhere; and not a Drop to Drink, 1849. Comment on the London water supply during the reappearance of cholera in 1848 and 1849

Background imageHygiene Collection: A primeval bathing-place (litho)

A primeval bathing-place (litho)
5998682 A primeval bathing-place (litho) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood (1863-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: A primeval bathing-place)

Background imageHygiene Collection: Advertisement for Pears soap depicting a child at bath time (chromolitho)

Advertisement for Pears soap depicting a child at bath time (chromolitho)
6030602 Advertisement for Pears soap depicting a child at bath time (chromolitho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHygiene Collection: Bathroom Scene - Lisbeth, pub. in Lasst Licht Hinin

Bathroom Scene - Lisbeth, pub. in Lasst Licht Hinin
STC61910 Bathroom Scene - Lisbeth, pub. in Lasst Licht Hinin (Let in More Light) 1909 (colour litho) by Larsson, Carl (1853-1919); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; Swedish

Background imageHygiene Collection: Advertisement for Lifebuoy soap with the message that the soap fights dirt and disease

Advertisement for Lifebuoy soap with the message that the soap fights dirt and disease (colour litho)
6030590 Advertisement for Lifebuoy soap with the message that the soap fights dirt and disease (colour litho) by English School

Background imageHygiene Collection: The tepidarium of the Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy, 1933-1934

The tepidarium of the Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy, 1933-1934. The Baths of Caracalla were Roman public baths, or thermae, built in Rome between AD 212 and 216

Background imageHygiene Collection: Advertisement for Sunlight household soap, c1890

Advertisement for Sunlight household soap, c1890. The advertisement recommends the soap it to the housewife by claiming it would make life easier

Background imageHygiene Collection: Street scene (top) / Public bath (bottom). Sketch from Katsushika Hokusais Manga, c1836

Street scene (top) / Public bath (bottom). Sketch from Katsushika Hokusais Manga, c1836
HOKUSAI: SKETCH, 1836. Street scene (top)/Public bath (bottom). Sketch from Katsushika Hokusais Manga, c1836

Background imageHygiene Collection: Poster, The Magic of Soap and Water

Poster, The Magic of Soap and Water. Coo... is that me with the dirt off? Showing a boy admiring his nice clean face in a soap bubble. Issued by the Health and Cleanliness Council. circa 1940s

Background imageHygiene Collection: Poster, Don t be afraid of Soap and Water

Poster, Don t be afraid of Soap and Water. Showing a little boy welcoming a humanised jug and a bar of soap. Issued by the Health and Cleanliness Council. 20th century

Background imageHygiene Collection: PEARS SOAP AD, 1887. American advertisement, 1887, for Pears Soap

PEARS SOAP AD, 1887. American advertisement, 1887, for Pears Soap

Background imageHygiene Collection: RENOIR: BATHER ON A ROCK. Oil on canvas, 1892, by P. A. Renoir

RENOIR: BATHER ON A ROCK. Oil on canvas, 1892, by P. A. Renoir
RENOIR: BATHER ON A ROCK. Oil on canvas, 1892, by P.A. Renoir

Background imageHygiene Collection: Space station toilet

Space station toilet
Russian space station toilet made by Zvezda for the Mir station. Photographed at the National Space Centre, Leicester, UK

Background imageHygiene Collection: Hypo-allergenic soap

Hypo-allergenic soap. Top view of a bar of soap that has been developed so as not to cause an allergic reaction when used

Background imageHygiene Collection: When the Hot Water Tap Runs Cold

When the Hot Water Tap Runs Cold
Ingenious invention for improving the level of bath water, especially when hot water runs out, whereby the occupant inflates a large balloon to order to displace water and raise the level

Background imageHygiene Collection: Mother and her daughter, Frederick Douglass housing project, Anacostia, D. C. 1942

Mother and her daughter, Frederick Douglass housing project, Anacostia, D. C. 1942. Creator: Gordon Parks
Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Mother and her daughter

Background imageHygiene Collection: Bathing, (oil on canvas)

Bathing, (oil on canvas)
989873 Bathing, (oil on canvas) by Irolli, Vicenzo (1860-1945); 137.8x105.4 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Bathing. Vincenzo Irolli (1860-1942). Oil on canvas

Background imageHygiene Collection: The Barber of Suez, (oil on canvas)

The Barber of Suez, (oil on canvas)
989488 The Barber of Suez, (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922); 80x58.4 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Barber of Suez. Leon Bonnat (1833-1922). Oil on canvas

Background imageHygiene Collection: Christ Washing the Apostles Feet, c. 1618. Creator: Jacques Callot

Christ Washing the Apostles Feet, c. 1618. Creator: Jacques Callot
Christ Washing the Apostles Feet, c. 1618



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Maintaining proper hygiene is as essential as the air we breathe. From ancient times to modern advertisements, the importance of cleanliness has been emphasized in various forms. In Alfred Stevens' painting 'The Bath or the Woman in the Bath or Bathtub, ' a bronco woman indulges in a serene bath, symbolizing personal care and self-pampering. Similarly, Yoshiiku's artwork depicts quarreling and scuffling in a women's bathhouse, reminding us that maintaining hygiene is not only about personal well-being but also respecting others' space. Advertisements like Pears Soap Advertisement and Monsavon soap by Jean Carlu highlight how cleanliness can be achieved with quality products. These campaigns promote good health through proper cleansing rituals. Artists like Edgar Degas and Pierre Auguste Renoir capture intimate moments of bathing, showcasing the vulnerability and sensuality associated with hygiene practices. Mary Cassatt's masterpiece 'The Bath' portrays tender motherly love while emphasizing the significance of keeping oneself clean. Even everyday objects like wringers for wet clothes drying remind us that maintaining hygiene extends beyond our bodies to our surroundings. Meanwhile, old-fashioned outdoor lavatories serve as reminders of historical sanitation practices. From an outback dunny near Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to toilets around the world, access to clean facilities plays a crucial role in ensuring public health on a global scale. As we navigate through life's challenges, let us remember that practicing good hygiene is not just about staying healthy; it is also about showing respect for ourselves and those around us.