François Boucher

The Love Letter

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François Boucher - The Love Letter
John Walker, National Gallery of Art, Washington, New York, 1995, nr. 444
Philip Conisbee, French paintings of the fifteenth through the eighteenth century, Washington; Princeton, N.J., 2009, nr. 2

Painted for Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, marquise de Pompadour (1721-1764), and installed in the chambre doré on the first (i.e., second) floor of the Château de Bellevue, outside Paris
removed c. 1757
recorded 1764 in the vestibule of the ground floor of the Hôtel d'Evreux, Pompadour's Parisian residence
by inheritance to her brother, Abel François Poisson, marquis de Ménars et de Marigny (1727-1781), Château de Ménars, Paris
his estate sale, at his residence by Basan and Joullain, Paris, 18 March-6 April 1782 (postponed from late February), nr. 17
sale, Hôtel des Commissaires-Priseurs, Paris, 14-15 March 1842, nr. 15
anonymous sale ("Provenant du Cabinet de M. X***), Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 26 April 1861, nr. 2
Emile (1800-1875) and Isaac (1806-1880) Pereire, Paris
Péreire sale, at their residence by Pillet and Petit, Paris, 6-9 March 1872, nr. 57
purchased by Sommier, possibly for Frédéric-Alexis-Louis Pillet-Will, comte Pillet (1837-1911), Paris
with Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Paris, New York, and London
sold to William R. Timken (1866-1949), New York, by 1932
by inheritance to his widow, Lillian Guyer Timken (1881-1959), New York
bequest 1960 to NGA
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Other works by François Boucher
François Boucher - The Landscape Painter
François Boucher - Madame de Pompadour
François Boucher - Daphnis and Chloe
François Boucher - Allegory of Painting
The Landscape Painter
Madame de Pompadour
Daphnis and Chloe
Allegory of Painting
François Boucher
The Love Letter
81.2 x 75.2 cm
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated upper right on lintel beneath lion: f. Boucher / 1750
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Timken Collection