Caricature showing a publican's dilemma during a cholera epidemic, Europe, c. 1854

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c.1854 in Europe
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Caricature showing a publican's dilemma during a cholera epidemic, Europe, c. 1854
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Print: lithograph: some col: caricaturing precautions in a cholera epidemic [c1840-1865]. 1. 'Fearing the spread of the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Print. lithograph, some col, caricaturing precautions in a cholera epidemic [c1840-1865]. 1. 'Fearing the spread of the cholera' (gin drinkers beware, publican's dilemma), image 10x7cm edged to 12x9cm. Framed with /2 and /3, 52x21x2cm

Drawn in 1854, during the third major British cholera pandemic of the 1800s, this caricature shows a publican worrying how the disease will affect his business. The paper in his hand reads “Gin drinkers beware”. The caricature is one of a set of three based on the fear of cholera, preventing and treating cholera (showing a physician), and an undertaker hoping for cholera. Cholera is a bacterial infection of the small intestine causing severe diarrhoea and vomiting. The disease is now known to be spread through infected water supplies.

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Category:
Art
Object Number:
1979-772/1
type:
print
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • visual and verbal communication
status:
Permanent collection

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