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

Rosalba Carriera Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 642

Carriera became an international celebrity for her pastel portraits, leading her to tour European capitals and courts in the 1720s and 1730s. She was based in her native city of Venice, where she produced portraits particularly of international visitors. This is one of the most exuberant and well preserved of her works from this period. The Irishman Gustavus Hamilton visited Venice in the winters of 1730 and 1731 with his friend Edward Walpole, son of the English prime minister, to attend the city’s Carnival festivities. Hamilton wears the combined hat, veil, mask, and short cape, known as a bautta, typical for these celebrations.

Gustavus Hamilton (1710–1746), Second Viscount Boyne, in Masquerade Costume, Rosalba Carriera (Italian, Venice 1673–1757 Venice), Pastel on paper, laid down on canvas

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