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'The Visit Returned' shows a lady making an impromptu visit to her lover, whom she surprises in the act of writing to her, while her portrait balances above his desk. The picture was acquired as a pair with P479 in matching frames by the 4th Marquess of Hertford. It has been suggested that 'The Visit Returned' should be twinned with another scene by Boilly, called 'La visite reçue' (1789; Saint Omer, Musée Sandelin), which shows a girl entertaining a soldier while secretly sending a letter, possibly to the gentleman seen in 'The Visit Returned'.