John Lowell Gardner, Jr.
(Albano Laziale, 1852 - 1930, Rome)
Oil on canvas
Isabella and her husband, John “Jack” Gardner, met Mancini in Rome in April 1895. They bought the pastel, "The Little Groom" (found in the Blue Room on the first floor) and arranged for the painter to follow them to Venice to paint this portrait. It was the year of the first Biennial International Exhibition in Venice. Mancini was sending two pictures to it, and the proposal enabled him to be at the opening. The portrait was painted at the Palazzo Barbaro, where Mr. and Mrs. Gardner were staying with their friends, expatriates Daniel and Ariana Curtis.