Potty Boy (Dennis Aubrey)


This is one of our favorite photographs and certainly the most popular. It is a small capital on the altar at the Église Notre Dame de Mailhat in the Puy-de-Dôme.

Potty Boy, Église Notre Dame de Mailhat ((Puy-de-Dôme) Photo by PJ McKey

PJ, who names everything, decided that he deserved a moniker and “Potty Boy” he became.

18 responses to “Potty Boy (Dennis Aubrey)

    • Gordon, Potty Boy is a family favorite – some say that there is even a family resemblance. It’s wonderful how these churches have whimsical touches like this. One of our all time classics is the collection of capitals in the Collegiale Saint Pierre in Chauvigny, in the Vienne. The artist, Gofridus, even signed his work!

      • Great news, Arnel. So many options, it’s hard to know where to begin. First of all … when are you going, are you just going to be in Paris, and how long will you be staying? Will you have a car?

      • October 24-Nov 1. Probably won’t rent a car, but are considering Normandy, and possibly a day trip to London. Otherwise, we have no clue, and would appreciate suggestions. :-). We haven’t had the best luck in the past with formal tours in groups, so we tend to shy from those. If there is something we should see that requires a car, we would also consider that.

      • Arnel, Normandy is an easy drive west of Paris, just a couple of hours. The churches at Cerisy-le-Foret and Saint-Georges-de-Boscherville are truly magnificent examples of Norman Romanesque. We will the in that area for two weeks in September shooting about two dozen churches in Normandy and will certainly return to these. If you want to go about an hour east, you can go to Reims, the capital of Champagne country. There is the spectacular Basilique Saint Remi and of course the Cathedral Notre Dame de Reims. Frankly, I can point you 90 miles in each direction and there are treasures to be found. I can give you more information “offline” if you would like.

    • Graham, what a hoot. I remember seeing an El Cagador years ago in California and was fairly shocked because the family that included it in the nativity display was staunch Catholic. They explained that it was an accepted piece of folk tradition in Barcelona! I guess Potty Boy’s descendants are still active.

  1. Even though I dabble in humor, I enjoy serious things like your stunning architectural photography–although I guess Potty Boy may not be the most representative example of seriousness.

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