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Mademoiselle de Montbrizon
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Mademoiselle de Montbrizon

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Description In this circular miniature, Mlle de Montbrizon looks up from her desk with a letter in her hand. Polite and expressive letter writing was a highly prized social accomplishment in 18th-century France. In Paris, the French capital, notes and letters crisscrossed the city; by the mid-century, there were up to nine deliveries of mail each day. Although the sitter in this miniature is shown with a quill and elegant writing furniture, we can tell from the way in which it is folded and addressed that she has received rather than written the letter she holds.
Date Description Narrative
Treatmentwashed; cleaned
  • Four Centuries of Miniature Painting from the Collections of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc. and A.J. Fink, Personally. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1958-1959.
  • The Art of Writing Instruments from Paris to Persia. 2011.
Provenance Huntington Collection, New York and California; A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest [inv. no. A-273]; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Inscriptions signed at left "Dumont F. Jan. 3"
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963

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watercolor on ivory
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Diam: 3 in. (7.62 cm); Framed diam: 4 in. (10.16 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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