Thursday, December 12, 2013

William Heath and the Thames

An etching by William Heath depicting a woman dropping her tea-cup in horror upon discovering the monstrous contents found in a magnified drop of Thames water. In the nineteenth century, sewage and waste contaminated the River Thames in London, making it a prime source of water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
From Wellcome Collection via Cabinet Magazine issue 44

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