Artist Peter Lely, English, 1618-1680
Title
  • The Letter
Date between 1650 and 1660
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 42 1/2 × 33 3/4 inches (108 × 85.7 cm)
Framed: 52 3/4 × 43 7/8 × 3 inches (134 × 111.4 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Trent McMath
Accession Number 53.80
Department European Painting
On View British Decorative Arts S333, Level 3 (see map)
1920, (Galerie Goudstikker, Amsterdam, Netherlands);
until at least 1926, Julius H. Haass (Detroit, Michigan, USA),
by descent to his daughter, Miss Constance Haass [later Mrs. Trent McMath] (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1953-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Catalogue de la Collection Goudstikker a Amsterdam. The Hague, November 1920, no. 72 m (ill.). [as Gabriel Metsu.]

Borenius, T. "Gabriel Metsu." Apollo (February 1926): pp. 83-85 (ill.). [The Love Letter.]

A Century of Progress. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1934, p. 17, no. 98.

Bottenwieser, P. Paintings by Old Masters Placed in Museums of Art and Private Collections. Berlin, n.d.

Beckett, R.B. Lely. London, 1951, p. 67, no. 578. [as The Billet Doux.]

Richardson, E.P. "The Letter, by Peter Lely." Art Quarterly 17, no. 1 (1954): pp. 86, 88-89 (ill.).

Robinson, F.W. Gabriel Metsu 1629-1667: A Study of His Place in Dutch Genre Painting of the Golden Age. New York, 1974, pp. 36-37 (fig. 67) [attributed to Gabriel Metsu.]