This invitation to lunch was sent by Manet to his friend Albert Hecht in September-October 1879 from his stay in the spa of Bellevue, where the artist used to recover from the frenetic rhythms of the capital. He first reassured Hecht on his health, then invited him to Bellevue: 'Mon cher ami, je vais beaucoup mieux. Le bon air de Bellevue m'est très favorable. Venez donc nous demander à déjeuner un de ces jours vous nous ferez le plus grand plaisir...'. As was Manet's fashion when writing to his closest friends, two watercolours - of a couple of plums, favoured by the artist for their subtle chromatic nuances, and two cherries - charmingly complete the letter.