James Tissot

The Reply [The Letter]

1874
The letter is a favourite Victorian symbol of absent or unrequited love. Torn in shreds, the letter in this theme painting flutters to the ground to lie among decorative chestnut leaves. The setting is Tissot's garden in London, where he lived for eleven years.
Artist
Title
The Reply [The Letter]
Date
1874
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
71.4 x 107.1 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1964
Accession number
15191