'The Nemesis of Neglect' from Punch


This illustration from the satirical magazine Punch in 1888, accompanies an article about the slums in London, entitled ‘The Nemesis of Neglect’. The caption reads:

There floats a phantom on the slum’s foul air 
Shaping, to eyes which have the gift of seeing,
Into the spectre of that loathly lair. 
Face it – for vain is fleeing.
Red-handed, ruthless, furtive, un-erect, 
'Tis murderous crime, the nemesis of neglect.

It was drawn in 1888 by John Tenniel (1820–1914), the first illustrator of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the same year of the Jack the Ripper murders in Whitechapel, London.

Full title:
'The Nemesis of Neglect'
29 September 1888, London
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