Text reads, 'Charity ball given at the Tracadero Palace, May 27, 1893, for the
benefit of the Aid Society for Families of Shipwrecked Sailors; 87 rue Richelieu
(Paris) Founded by Mr. Alfred de Courcy'
"Once more, Cheret is called
upon to promote a fundraising event for the families of drowned French sailors
(see Pl.89). Even more so than in the previous
poster, it offers little comfort, only a direct, mournful appeal for assistance.
Not only did Cheret create this resonating poster, he also served as a committee
member for the event" (Rennert, PAI-XXXVII,
A deeply disturbing poster, done in sombre tones, that shows a
young boy and mother crying over the body of a shipwrecked sailor,
presumably the boy's father. Behind them rescuers work to save the
men from a shipwreck, while the sea rages mercilessly. It appears
to be the second half of the story, from another poster for the
same charity by Cheret, see PL.89. This
design is in stark contrast to the bright dancing beauties we expect