Sea Monster Soup
3 Colour Screen Print On Somerset Velvet 250gsm Antique Paper
40 x 50 cms
Limited edition of 12
Sightings of various marine animals over recent years show the River Thames is no longer so polluted as to be declared 'biologically extinct' as it was half a century ago, as it was too dirty for anything to survive there. This 3 colour print depicts the harbour seal, grey seal, dolphin, harbour porpoise and the ill fated northern bottle nose whale (River Thames whale), who have all been sited in the Thames in recent times. The 1850 engraving 'Monster Soup commonly called Thames Water' by William Heath was a satiric engraving portraying the 'monsters' which inhabited the Thames, based on a microscopic examination by Arthur Hassell of a drop of water supplied to the inhabitants of London.