18th Century paintings of gentlemen. Mostly portraits, some group and family portraits, but all men. No women allowed! It's a guy thing.
Sir James Gray, 2nd Bt. 1745, by pastellist Rosalba Carriera (Italian, 1673 - 1757) "Sir James Gray(c1708-1773) was a successful British diplomat and antiquarian living in Venice. "Carriera thus had the opportunity to get to know him well and study his countenance over repeated sittings, resulting in a penetrating characterization virtually unmatched in her oeuvre." | The Getty
Portrayed in this pastel is Louis Duval de l’Épinoy, the Lord of Saint-Vrain and an adviser and secretary to Louis XV. Portrait is in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisboa, Portugal. Can be found by Googling. Sorry I can't post the Url here or Pinterest will delete these details :(
William, the youngest of twelve children in the Linley family, was known for his voice at the time. There is some debate as to when this portrait was executed. It has been suggested that William wears the uniform of a scholar of St. Paul’s School (which he attended until 1785) leaving at the age of sixteen. Alternatively the portrait was painted before he departed for India in 1789, making him twenty years of age. | Dulwich Picture Gallery