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Father Thames, Introducing his offspring to the Fair City of London. Wood engraving published in Punch Magazine on July the 3rd 1858, on page 5. Illustration referring to the 'Great Stink' of London which was caused by the industrial development in London as well as the excess of sewerage been pumped into the river Thames. The great pollution that followed had a great environmental impact in the city and it brought about disease and death. This satirical image shows five figures: the river Thames, the city of London, and in the foreground representing deadly diseases, are Diphtheria, Scrofula and Cholera. The label at the bottom of the image not only introduces the title but also suggest this image as a fresco for the new Houses of Parliament.
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