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Artist: Unknown


ca. 1805–10

Watercolor on ivory

11/16 × 3/4 in. (1.7 × 1.9 cm)
Lelia A. and John Hill Morgan, B.A. 1893, LL.B. 1896, M.A. (Hon.) 1929, Collection
The vogue for miniatures detailing an eye as a token of love—perhaps an illicit affair—took hold in England during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In this miniature, the eye, particularized by locks of brown hair, suggests a female sitter. Scratches on the covering lens indicate that it was worn frequently, perhaps on the underside of a gentleman’s lapel.
Made in United States
Not on view
19th century
Miniatures - Jewelry
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