‘AMBULANCES INTERNATIONALES’ Pourvu qu’ils ne me donnent pas trop de besogne. [Taken from SOUVENIRS DU SIÉGE DE PARIS]. Déposé - Touts droits réservés. [Paris, Au bureau de l’Eclipse, Imprimerie Coulboeuft 1871].
1871. Hand-coloured lithograph, image 225 x 155mm; sheet size 185 x 290mm; lightly foxed and soiled; neatly mounted. An appealing hand-coloured lithograph which depicts a French medic in the uniform of the red cross, together with armlet and belt bag. On the right can be seen two stretcher bearers, with a mobile Red Cross ambulance visible in the background on the left.
The image is plate 17 from a noted series of 31 hand-coloured lithographs produced under the title Souvenirs du Siége de Paris by the leading French illustrator and caricaturist Jules Renard [b.1833], known as ‘Draner’. Renard contributed to several of the major French periodicals of the day, and much of his work was satirical. Lipperheide Xe 211; Colas 894. Hiler p. 744.