Signature in ink at foot of design: F.W. Pailthorpe.
Original watercolor drawing for a frontispiece illustration for Charles Dickens' comic burletta, "The Strange Gentleman"; evidently drawn and etched by the artist following the publication in 1871 of a facsimile edition of the 1837 edition by Chapman and Hall, with the etched frontispiece by Pailthorpe sold separately and therefore not present in all copies of this publication.
Drawing shows Tom (?) seizing the Strange Gentleman by the coattails, as the latter struggles and brandishes his cane.