Title from published caption.
Caption continues: Old Gentleman. "How charmingly that young lady sings! Pray, who composed the beautiful song she has just favoured us with?" Lady of the house. "Oh, it is by Mendelssohn." Old Gentleman. "Ah! One of his famous 'songs without words,' I suppose." (Moral. -- Young ladies, when you sing, pronounce your words carefully, and then you will not expose unmusical old gentlemen to making such a ridiculous mistake as the above).
Proof of a wood engraving after an illustration by Du Maurier for Punch, June 24, 1865, p. 254.
Cartoon shows a party where a young woman sits at the piano, attended by a young man, while the hostess sits in the foreground, engaged in conversation with an elderly gentleman.