eye to eye

January 16, 2018

I find these lover’s eyes both creepy and charming. “In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged “eye miniatures” — love tokens so clandestine that even now, in the majority of cases, it is impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict.” The largest collection, upwards of 100, belongs to an Alabama eye surgeon and his wife. It’s thought that the Prince of Wales gave one to his mistress, Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert, a Catholic divorcĂ©e. The two did eventually marry, in a secret ceremony, and it was possibly them that brought the Georgian miniatures into the fold.

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