'Hospital Combination Sink and Lavatory', c 1902.
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Engraving from the catalogue of Thomas Crapper and Company. Thomas Crapper (1837-1910) started a plumbing busines in Chelsea, London, in 1861, and pioneered some of the most revolutionary designs of sanitary engineering in the 19th century, particularly in developing the modern WC cistern. The double sink illustrated here is a combined sink and 'lavatory' for washing clothes and utensils.