This sketch depicts the Great Chicago Fire. It was created by professional illustrator Alfred R. Waud and is one of several such sketches, potentially drawn for later publication.
This sketch depicts the frenzied rush of Chicagoans escaping the city as it burned during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
This sketch by illustrator Alfred R. Waud depicts the frenzied panic as people fled the city during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Waud, a professional newspaper and journal illustrator known for his work during the Civil War, rushed to the city to record the event. This sketch and others done by Waud provide one of the few visual records of the events as no photographs exist. The fire began the evening of October 8 on the city's southwest side and rapidly spread north, destroying three and a half square miles of city and one-third of the residents' homes. As people escaped, they tried to save what belongings they could, as the sketch portrays.