The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
The Letter
  • Richard Parkes Bonington (1802 - 1828)
  • The Letter
  • France
  • 1827
  • Painting
  • Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour with gum varnish on paper
  • Image size: 15.1 x 10 cm
  • Signature: 'RPB 1827'
  • P678
  • Not on display
Further Reading
  • The costume is characteristic of French-Flemish dress of the seventeenth century. The signature and date may have been added, but the date is plausible. For the subject cf. Bonington, 'Lady and Page', P676. The theme of a lady receiving or writing a letter is common in seventeenth-century Dutch painting (cf. Ter Borch, 'A Lady reading a Letter', P236, and Metsu, 'The Letter Writer Surprised', P240)