Sketch on brown paper with pencil and white chalk. Shows loaded cart pulled by three horses galloping towards viewer. Flames drawn in white engulf buildings on right side. Driver is shielding his face from flames with his arm.
This sketch of the Chicago Fire of 1871 was drawn by professional illustrator Alfred R. Waud in 1871, and is one of several such sketches for potential publication.
This sketch depicts a driver with cart full household goods fleeing the Chicago Fire of 1871.
This sketch by artist Alfred R. Waud depicts the frenzied panic as people fled the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire, which began on the evening of October 8th, spread rapidly, destroyed three and a half square miles of city, and killed 300 Chicagoans. As people escaped the city, they salvaged what they could. Alfred R. Waud, a professional newspaper and journal illustrator known for his work during the Civil War, rushed to the city to record the event. His image provides one of the few visual records of the event since no photographs of the actual fire are known to exist.