Punch,  27 (1854), 84.

King Smoke



Illustration, Drollery; Poetry, Drollery

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Pollution, Analytical Chemistry

    Describes the evils of 'King Smoke', including his veiling of sunlight and overlaying the 'toilet' of 'many a maiden'. Notes that although 'The chemist applied all his learning [...] their fuel men kept half-burning / Whence still the dark fumes arose'. The illustration shows a black figure who wears a smoking chimney pot for a hat and who smokes a pipe fuelled by a coal gas stove.

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