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The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection (Hardcover)

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By Graham C. Boettcher, Elle Shushan (Contribution by), Jo Manning (Contribution by)
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This stunning volume explores the little-known subject of lover's eyes, hand-painted miniatures of single human eyes set in jewellery 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.

Graham Boettcher discusses the history and function of lover's eyes, as well as the language and symbolism of their jewelled settings; Elle Shushan examines their role in the broader context of Georgian and early Victorian portrait miniatures; and Jo Manning offers five fictional vignettes imagining the circumstances surrounding the creation of these extraordinary objects.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781907804014
ISBN-10: 1907804013
Publisher: Giles
Publication Date: January 30th, 2012
Pages: 208
Language: English
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