Father Thames introducing his offspring, 1858

Punch magazine. Father Thames Introducing his Offspring to the Fair City of London. This cartoon depicts personifications of London (seen as a woman with a crown and a shield), the Thames (seen as a large male figure with long hair) and the three diseases Diphtheria, Scrofula and Cholera. The three diseases are represented by figures who display the symptoms of those diseases. The river from which they emerge is full of debris and sewage, 1858

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