Caricature of an undertaker hoping for cholera, Europe, c. 1854
Drawn in 1854, during the third major British cholera pandemic of the 1800s, this caricature shows a gleeful undertaker standing next to a long list of deaths. Cholera improved the fortunes of many undertakers. The third pandemic reached its peak in 1854 and 23,000 people died in Great Britain. This caricature is one of a set of three based on the fear of cholera (showing a publican), 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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A sudden widespread occurance of an infection with high numbers of people affected.
A severe infection of the small intestine commonly contracted through eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea, leading to dehydration, which can be fatal.
An epidemic that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population.
A representation that exaggerates certain features or characteristics to humorous effect.