Masquerade, page by page

The thing that interested me about painting Masquerade was
how could you make people look at those paintings…and look…and look…and look again.
The puzzle–that was the way to do that.

–Kit Williams


Okay, before we get into the nitty-gritty of Masquerade, know the following:

  • On each painting there are several pieces of information: a border phrase that surrounds the artwork, a word spelled out from the barbed letters in that phrase, and another word spelled out using only the red letters in that phrase. Sometimes these had relevance on the book’s solution, and sometimes not. Also, each painting hides a word or phrase from the master riddle as well as a picture of a hare.
  • The official solution is available in the paperback edition of Masquerade, but I feel an even better reference work is Bamber Gascoigne’s Quest for the Golden Hare, which includes Barker & Rousseau’s detailed contest entry in full–which has become known as “the perfect solution.”
  • I am not including the text of the book and the artwork scans are intentionally small. Consider these images visual reference points only; again, you’ll need the book to see them in detail.
  • These are not the official names of the paintings–they’re just my reference titles. Don’t take them as law.