A Young Lady Writing a Letter (1875). Victor Gabriel Gilbert (French, 1847–1933). Oil on canvas.
Gilbert concentrated on painting Parisian city life and Parisians at leisure. His natural ability for drawing was acknowledged at an early age. Later on he took lessons at the Ecole de la Ville, where he received his formal training from Pierre Levasseur. Gilbert first exhibited at the Salon in 1873 and 1874.