Description An elegantly dressed young lady is placing a sprig of box behind the frame of her mother's portrait hanging on the bedroom wall. Another bough, lying on her cloak, is intended for the adjacent miniature, presumably a portrait of her father. This picture is a variant of the more elaborate "Les amours éternelles," formerly in the collection of Robert Hoe, Sr., of New York. In the Hoe painting, a dark rather than fair-haired model, still wearing her cloak, throws a kiss in the direction of her mother's portrait while placing the greenery above it. The Hoe picture also differs in the addition of a Persian cat arching its back in the foreground.
- Alfred Stevens. The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal. 1977-1978.
- Salute to Belgium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1878 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] At lower right: A Stevens
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1878
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