The painting originally hung in Chapin and Gore's Saloon and Restaurant, old Chicago landmark, when it was located at 73-75 (now 20-22) West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Caricature of Charlotte "Lotta" Crabtree 1847-1924, full length, facing forward. She is wearing a blue uniform ballet costume with red collar and gold braid at cuffs, red cap trimmed with gold braid and tassel, white shirt, black bow tie, white apron edged with red and brown boots with gold tassels at top. She is seated on two wooden cases marked: "CHAPIN & GORE". Over her left she holds a wine glass in her right hand.
Singer and dancer Lotta Crabtree was a favorite of American variety stages from the gold rush-era of the 1850s until she retired in 1892.