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Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806)
The Letter, ca. 1776
Oil on canvas
15 x 11 5/8 in. (38.1 x 29.5 cm)
Gift of Mary Hanna, 1946.101

Half-length image of a young woman facing to left. She sits at a table with a quill in her right hand. She appears to glance up from composing a letter.

Alternate Titles:
La Lettre
Jeune Femme écrivant une lettre
Jeune Fille á demi étendue lisant une lettre


?-1880:   Collection Walferdin, Paris, sold in Walferdin collection sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 12-16, 1880, no. 2, to
1880-January 23-24, 1882:   Paul de Saint-Victor, Paris, sold in Saint-Victor sale, Paris, January 23-24, 1882
May 1885:   Unknown collection, sold at auction, Paris [1]
    M. A. Chevrillon, Paris
By at least December 1927-?:   (Wildenstein & Co., Paris and New York [2])
By at least August 1929-?:   Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Bayer, New York [3]
By 1937:   (James P. Labey [d. 1946], New York, sold to)
1937-1946:   Mary Hanna [d. 1956], Cincinnati, given to
1946-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] Roger Portalis, Honoré Fragonard sa vie et son oeuvre, Paris: J. Rothschild, 1889, p. 280.

[2] Published as being in the Wildenstein collection in Burlington Magazine, December 1927, plate 11.

[3] Published as from the collection of Mrs. Edwin S. Bayer in International Studio, vol. 93, no. 387, August 1929, cover.

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