Street Scene is closely related to the painting entitled The Sea Going Hack (1911) which was in Chatterton's one-man exhibition at Chapellier Galleries, New York, in 1970. The latter painting also features a carriage pulled by a horse, the bridge of an elevated railway in the middleground, and a similar arrangement of buildings, figures, tree and utility poles.
For the first fifteen years of his career, Chatterton concentrated on the urban landscape. His paintings are honest, full of life and colorfully descriptive. Typically, he took joy in painting shoppers and businessmen going about their rounds amid horse-drawn wagons and automobiles. They are images rooted in the era, that preserve a record of myriad details from fashion to technology, advertisements on the sides of buildings, street lamps, trolley tracks, and more.