Signed at lower right, in pen and brown ink, "du Maurier"; and inscribed by the artist below, "a Delicate Question / Monsieur le Comte:'and now, Madame, zat you'ave so kindly instruct me on ze interesting / 'istory of ze'OUSE, dare I permit myself to ask, how far does your propriety extend?' / G. du Maurier / Hampstead / Dec.86".
Inscribed at upper edge of sheet in pencil, "M le Baron - and now, Madame, zat you'ave kindly instruct me on ze interesting history of our 'ouse, dare I permit myself to ask, how / far does you propriety extend?"
The first inscription also copied by the artist on a separate pasteboard strip accompanying the drawing, at the end of which signed, "George di Maurier" (no location or date).
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Nineteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978-1980. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, p. 187.
Drawing for a cartoon for Punch, 1886, v. 91, p. 294.
Nichols, Jane Norton Morgan, 1893-1981, former owner.
Page, Jane N. Nichols, former owner.