The Silent Highwayman. Death rows on the Thames, claiming the lives of victims who have not paid to have the river cleaned during the Great Stink July 10, 1858.
The Thames that ran through London had become so polluted with trash and human waste that there were fires on the noxious river. Those who could afford to abandon the city during the hot months did just that.
This cartoon was published in Punch magazine, Vol. 35, Page 137, 1858, London, England.