It represent a lady, dressed in black in the fashion of the period, depositing a coin in a chest lettered: RELIEF / FOR THE / SUFFERERS / OF / CHICAGO. She is holding a memorial wreath made of dried "immortelles" so fashionable at this period as a symbol of mourning. In the background are seen the ruins of the city.
Created the year after the Great Chicago Fire devastated the city, this work offers a haunting vision of Chicago in ruins as imagined from afar by the great Parisian painter Jules Émile Saintin. Painted shortly after the Chicago Fire of 1871.