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Oil painting - Disappointed Love
  • Disappointed Love
    Danby, Francis, born 1793 - died 1861
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Disappointed Love

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1821 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Danby, Francis, born 1793 - died 1861 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

This was the first painting Danby exhibited and it became one of his best known works. It depicts a heartbroken young woman in the pose traditionally associated with the state of melancholy. A bonnet, shawl and miniature portrait of her lover lie beside her, while a torn-up letter floats away on the pond.

Physical description

A young woman in white is set against a dark background, distraught and weeping into her lap on a secluded river bank. The clues to her 'disappointed love' lie strewn about her: her bonnet and shawl, a miniature of a young man, an open wallet with a letter and torn scraps of paper.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1821 (painted)


Danby, Francis, born 1793 - died 1861 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'F Danby'
Signed by the artist


Height: 62.8 cm estimate, Width: 81.2 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'Disappointed Love' by Francis Danby. Great Britain, 1821.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 58-59
100 Great Paintings in The Victoria & Albert Museum.London: V&A, 1985, p.114
Evans, Mark et al. Vikutoria & Arubāto Bijutsukan-zō : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Japan : Brain Trust, 2002


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Figures; Landscape; Love; Girls




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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