The Messenger

A young woman interrupts her needlework to read a letter delivered by an errand boy. Drölling carefully records the details of the setting, from the portrait on the back wall to the caged bird by the window and the bouquet of flowers on the sill. This domestic interior, gently illuminated by light from the window, recalls seventeenth-century Dutch paintings, which were celebrated in nineteenth-century France.

Martin Drölling

French, 1752–1817

The Messenger


Oil on canvas

17 15/16 x 21 15/16 in. (45.5 x 55.8 cm) Frame: 23 7/8 x 27 5/16 x 1 5/8 in. (60.6 x 69.4 x 4.1 cm)

Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1922