Illustration, 'La vitesse de Pompiers'(trans: the speed of the firemen), ink on paper, signed Gerys Despaux, France, 1870-1900.
Vertical format illustration in black ink on paper, crease mark from horizontal fold in centre of page, title at upper edge of page, signature of artist in lower right corner. Illustration depicts man in uniform, probably a fireman, carrying several bags over his shoulders and in his hands. Left section of illustration has been torn off obscuring section of the title "... enir de", possibly the whole title "in memory of the speed of the firemen", suggesting the piece is a caricature.
Title on obverse above image, handwritten in black ink, in French, "(edge of page) ENIR DE/ (illeg edge of page)/ LA VITESSE DES POMPIERS", signature of artist in l.r. cnr, "Gerys Despaux"