Gustavus Hamilton (1710–1746), Second Viscount Boyne, in Masquerade Costume

Artist: Rosalba Carriera (Italian, Venice 1673–1757 Venice)

Date: 1730–31

Medium: Pastel on paper, laid down on canvas

Dimensions: 22 1/4 x 16 7/8 in. (56.5 x 42.9 cm)

Classification: Pastels & Oil Sketches on Paper

Credit Line: Purchase, George Delacorte Fund Gift, in memory of George T. Delacorte Jr., and Gwynne Andrews, Victor Wilbour Memorial, and Marquand Funds, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.22


Gustavus Hamilton (1710–1746), who was Irish, succeeded in 1723 as Viscount Boyne. He and Edward Walpole, the second son of the powerful Whig prime minister Sir Robert Walpole, were in Venice from January to March 1730, enjoying the pleasures of the Carnival season, and Boyne was there again the following winter. There are three versions of the present portrait: the second (private collection) shows the sitter in an identical costume; in the third (Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, England) he wears a brown brocaded coat. The hat, veil, and mask, worn outdoors with a black coat, is known to Venetians as the bautta and offered its wearer the advantage of anonymity.