Naturally the public's interest was piqued and Chabas was unable to meet demand. The lithograph, which appeared in magazines and calendars and on packs of cigarettes, eventually sold 7 million copies and was tattooed on the arms of innumerable sailors.
So who was Harry Reichenbach? A publicist -- hired by Chabas to promote his work!
[The painting, sold to a Russian and hidden during the Russian Revolution, was rediscovered in a private collection in Paris in 1935 and now resides in the Metropolitan Museum.]