The young woman depicted in the painted is seen crying beside a body of water, her hair hanging over her face and parts of her knees. In the painting it looks like she had torn apart a letter from where it is floating in the water in front of her, it seems that she is upset from what is on the letters or the letters have sad memories. Beside her is even more letter yets to be torn apart like the rest. Also, along with the letter there is a wallet, with a open locket that may have once held a picture of her lover.
“Disappointed Love | Danby, Francis | V&A Search the Collections.” Search the Collections | Victoria and Albert Museum. V & A Search the Colections, 17 Feb 2019. Web. 17 Feb 2019. <http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O17342/disappointed-love-oil-painting-danby-francis/>.
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