The 'Silent Highway' - Man. 'Your money or your life': 1858
© Museum of London
Full image caption
The 'Silent Highway' - Man. 'Your money or your life'. Cartoon published in Punch magazine, 10 July 1858, No. 35. This cartton refers to the problems caused by the very hot summer of 1858. The summer heat together with a very high level of sewage and pollution, caused a very bad smell coming from the river Thames. This cartoon depicts the allegorical figure of death rowing a boat on the polluted and foggy river where dead animals float by. Death is here associated with pollution and disease. St. Paul's Cathedral can be seen side by side with a smoky factory in the distance.
1858 AD - 1858 AD