This oval miniature portrait depicts a young girl with blonde hair and blue eyes, holding a letter in her right hand. Cupping her face in her left hand, she gazes up at the sky, seemingly absorbed in a daydream. This portrait was painted from life and the model has been identified as one of the daughters of the painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard due to its similarity to another miniature held at the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris (Inv. 39745).
The light, deft strokes and care taken to ensure a natural pose both suggest that this is the work of Marie-Anne Gérard. The daughter of a perfumer from Grasse and sister of the painter Marguerite Gérard, she was a student of Fragonard who went on to become his wife. Several other miniatures in the same style and palette as this work held at the Musée Cognacq-Jay were originally attributed to her husband but have since been recognised as her work.