Oil on canvas
This is a large vertical painting of a quirky New York winter scene.
In the center of this painting is a large, grand Christmas tree, lit up and painted yellow with ornaments of red, blue and green. The tree stands in the middle of a skating rink which is blue-green in color. The rink is painted with forced perspective so it looks like a near perfect horizontal oval, stretching almost to the left and right edge of this painting. Skating on this oval of ice are small costumed characters. In the 9 o’clock position on the painting, next to the left edge we have an adult dressed in red with a Santa-like hat, skating with a child, her yellow skirt swinging out behind her. Elsewhere enjoying the ice is a figure on a swan-shaped sled, and a row of small creatures that look like bears standing on their hind legs. The skating rink is surrounded by a large field of white--presumably snow has fallen on the park.
In the background, comprising the top third of the painting is a dreamy cityscape. Stettheimer has rendered the sky a gauzy pink and a fierce red sun beats down, despite the winter season. Scattered on the horizon are a variety of short and tall buildings, cinemas, and advertisements. Most of the buildings are bathed in pink light.
In the foreground are a variety of figures and details. In the bottom left corner we see Henrietta Walter Stettheimer, dressed in a dark red coat with bare legs and black heels, looking over her shoulder at us and holding a long stemmed red rose. She is standing next to a monument of the German scientist, explorer, and naturalist Alexander von Humbolt, who is memorialized by a tall white plinth bearing his name, topped by a dark green bust of his head on a square base, all dusted with snow. At the base of the large plinth is a wreath of green with pink flowers with yellow ribbons trailing on the ground.
In the bottom right stands a tall brown horse--his head, neck and front two legs visible, the back legs cropped off by the vertical edge of the painting. Against him leans a very skinny police officer, dressed in a dark blue uniform, with crossed arms and white gloves. He appears to be looking out under his hat, possibly at the ground.
Directly above him in the painting (and thus behind him in spatial reality) is a large monument to William Shakespeare, a full length sculpture that is blue-black and dusted with snow. The sculpture is placed high up, on a tall pink plinth. He appears to be looking down on the scene.
In-between Ettie and the police officer appear a number of other characters, including: two people with large feathered head pieces, one sitting on a bench and one standing directly in the center, a small child dressed in a red snowsuit, and a woman staring at the skating rink.