The Letter. William Maw Egley (British, 1826-1916).
Egley’s early works were illustrations of literary subjects typical of the period and were similar to the work of The Clique. William Powell Frith, one of The Clique, hired Egley to add backgrounds to his own work. Egley soon developed a style influenced by Frith, including domestic and childhood subjects.
Egley always showed great interest in specifics of costume, to which he paid detailed attention, but his paintings were often criticized for their hard, clumsy style.