'Disappointed Love', oil painting on panel by Francis Danby, Great Britain. Museum no. FA.65 Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

'Disappointed Love', oil painting on panel by Francis Danby, Great Britain. Museum no. FA.65 Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

This painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy 1821. It 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.