The Letter

Emma Minnie Boyd

The Letter by Emma Minnie Boyd


Emma Minnie Boyd
The Letter
oil on canvas
45.8 x 30.5 cm

signed lower centre: monogrammed

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Acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Further Information

This work shows a young woman standing by a pair of open French doors that lead off a lounge room and onto a narrow veranda. The woman is wearing a full-length dress made of white summer-weight fabric, which has a high collar, transparent sleeves and a belt around her slim waist. In her left hand she is holding a presentation bunch of pink flowers and her right hand is tucked behind her back. She is looking down and away as if lost in her own thoughts - an opened envelope lies by her feet almost on the doorway threshold. The room is artistically decorated and furnished: there is a cane chair and an upholstered chair, a side table covered in a decorative cloth, richly patterned and coloured Persian-style carpets on the floor, a distinctive ceramic peacock vase containing flowers, several other flower displays and a painted wooden screen. A veranda bench is visible through the doorway and beyond this (backlit by bright sunshine) is a garden.
(text courtesy of Art Gallery of South Australia)