In this small oil on paper, Boilly demonstrates his talents as a realist painter who liked to portray the everyday. An old man gingerly comes down some steps, holding onto the banister and leaning on his stick. A little dog awaits its master, its muzzle lifted towards him and its tail curled round. The dog is so vividly portrayed that it almost seems to be quivering at the prospect of going for a walk.
In the top right-hand corner of the painting, Boilly has added a portrait of a man hanging on the wall of the hallway, reflecting his penchant for trompe-l’œil and his interest in very small portraits. This work demonstrates not only Boilly's desire to depict everyday surroundings, but also his use of chiaroscuro effects, inspired by the Dutch painters of the 17th century, as can be seen in the contrast between the cold daylight coming from the outside and the warmer light coming from the lamp at the top of the steps.