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Naomi Schupper
Naomi Schupper • 2 years ago

“Lover’s eyes,” hand-painted miniatures of single human eyes set in jewelry and given as tokens of affection or remembrance. In 1785, when the Prince of Wales secretly proposed to Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert with a miniature of his own eye, he inspired an aristocratic fad for exchanging eye portraits mounted in a wide variety of settings including brooches, rings, lockets, and toothpick cases.

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“lover’s eyes” - In 1785, when the Prince of Wales secretly proposed to Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert with a miniature of his own eye, he inspired an aristocratic fad for exchanging eye portraits mounted in a wide variety of settings including brooches, rings, lockets, and toothpick cases.

Another Lover's Eye - hand painted miniatures of single human eyes set in jewelry

The eye of Mrs Maria Anne Fitzherbert c.1786. (Royal Collection). The eye that started it all. "The invention of "A Lover's Eye" is credited to Mrs. Fitzherbert. It is believed that sometime around 1785 Mrs. Fitzherbert commissioned Richard A. Cosway, a London miniaturists, to paint one of her eyes. The portrait was done on ivory, placed behind glass and set within a locket. She gave it as a present to her 3rd husband. The reason for all the secrecy? The marriage was an illicit one to...

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Eye miniature C. 1820 - Light blue man's miniature eye, hand painted on ivory, set in a yellow gold round pendant mounting, surrounded by wire strung seed pearls.