francis matthew schutz

FRANCIS MATTHEW SCHUTZ

What an unflattering idea – to paint someone vomiting into a chamber pot! Francis Matthew Schutz, in this engraving by William Hogarth which hangs in Norwich Castle Museum’s permanent collection, is not ill but drunk. Susan Schutz, his wife, asked Hogarth to portray her wayward, fun loving husband in bed. It was part of her campaign to persuade him to stop misbehaving. In the nineteenth century, shocked Schutz descendants had the vomit and chamber pot overpainted to disguise this embarrassing truth.

To inspect Schutz’s shame in fine detail, it’s worth exploring Norwich Castle Museum.

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Photo: Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery