This work is closely related to a painting titled ‘The Carnival of Rome, via del Corso’, attributed to a 'follower of Thomas Uwins', which was sold through Bonhams, London, on 22 April 2009 (Lot 81). The composition of the Bonhams painting is similar but reversed. It includes two differently dressed women, with similar facial features and poses, with a third woman on the balcony, and also includes the masked figure appearing from behind a curtain.
Augustus Leopold Egg, London historical genre painter, painted subjects taken from British history and literature - especially William Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott. He entered Henry Sass's Academy in Bloomsbury, in about 1834. He later travelled in France and Italy. His best-known works are his moralising paintings of the 1850s, such as the trilogy known as ‘Past and Present’ (RA 1858; Tate collection). Egg died from asthma at the age of 47, during a visit to Algiers.
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