Oil painting on canvas: depicts crowded street flanked by burning buildings, top half engulfed in fire and smoke. Many small, dark figures, some running and some on horseback or in carriages, are gathered primarily in lower left corner.
Mrs. J. Lemos; Memories of the Chicago in 1871. copyrighted Nov. 7th, 1912 Entry Class G.XXc. by Mrs. Julia Lemos for 28 years No. 42125 Throwald Solberg Register of Copyrights.
This oil painting of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was created by Julia Lemos in 1912 based on her personal memories. A young widow in 1871, Lemos fled her father's, Baron Eustace Wyszynski's, house with her five children and elderly parents to observe the fire from outside the city.
The painting depicts people fleeing the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The burning city is viewed from north of Menomonee Street and West of Wells street.
The subject of this painting is the Great Chicago Fire which began the night of October 8, 1871 and burned for thirty-six hours. The Fire destroyed three and a half square miles of city and killed at least 300 Chicagoans. Julia Lemos (circa 1842-1923), watched the fire from the prairie northwest of the city. Visual accounts such as Lemos's painting are significant because no photographs of the fire are known to exist.