Signature in ink at foot of design: F.W. Pailthorpe; inscribed in pencil in the lower right hand corner of sheet: Is She His Wife.
Caption reads: Tapkins: Ha, ha! How are you both? Scene 1.
Original watercolor drawing for a frontispiece illustration for Charles Dickens' farce, "Is she his wife?"; evidently drawn and etched by the artist for an edition of 1877 (Boston : James R. Osgood, 1877), although the etched frontispiece by Pailthorpe is not present in all copies of this edition.
Drawing shows Mr. and Mrs. Lovetown seated at the breakfast table, with the figure of Felix Tapkins standing in a doorway at right.