Frederic W. Pailthorpe

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Frederic W. Pailthorpe
Is She His Wife?
1870s
Watercolor with pen and gray ink, on paper.
2 13/16 x 2 3/8 inches (71 x 60 mm); on sheet: 6 13/16 x 4 1/2 inches (173 x 114 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
1986.1907
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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.

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From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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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.

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Drawing shows Mr. and Mrs. Lovetown seated at the breakfast table, with the figure of Felix Tapkins standing in a doorway at right.

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