The man who kisses the lady wears the black robes and wig of a Venetian nobleman. He has been described as a Procurator of S. Marco, but there is no firm evidence for this. The servant at the left is bringing coffee on a tray.

The work may date from the same time as a similar picture by Longhi of 1746 called 'The Visit' (New York, Metropolitan Museum).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1700/2 - 1785
Full title
A Nobleman kissing a Lady's Hand
Date made
about 1746
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
61.3 x 49.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs M.V. James from the Arthur James collection, 1948
Inventory number
NG5852
Location in Gallery