Mephistopheles is pictured flying over a city, naked, with a goat-like face, spread wings, and claw-like nails, looking back as if startled by a call from above.
The caption reads in French:
… De temps en temps j’aime à voir le vieux Père,
Et je me garde bien de lui rompre en visière…
The caption in English was taken from the translation of Faust by Bayard Taylor. New York: Arden Book Company, n.d.