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  • The Love Letter, ca. 1770
    Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806)
    Oil on canvas

    32 3/4 x 26 3/8 in. (83.2 x 67 cm)
    The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.49)

    The inscription on this painting is not completely legible. It has been read as "A Monsieur Cuvillier," the son-in-law of the painter François Boucher, and, more generally, as "to my cavalier." In any case, it is the young woman who is dispatching the letter. The painting probably dates from the 1770s.

    This work of art also appears on Connections: Smile, Date Night, Letters

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    The Love Letter, ca. 1770
    Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806)
    Oil on canvas

    32 3/4 x 26 3/8 in. (83.2 x 67 cm)
    The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.49)


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