A Left Eye Miniature, traditionally identified as the eye of George, Prince of Wales

RICHARD COSWAY (1742-1821)

A Left Eye Miniature, traditionally identified as the eye of George, Prince of Wales

c. 1790 United Kingdom

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Set in a shaped frame with pearl border

Eye miniatures were usually commissioned for sentimental reasons and were often worn as bracelets, brooches, pendants or rings with richly decorated frames, serving the same emotional need as lockets hiding portraits or locks of hair.
These miniatures are believed to have originated when the Prince of Wales (later George IV) felt the need to send the widow Maria Fitzherbert a token of his love. This gesture and the romance that went with it was frowned upon by the court, so a miniaturist was employed to paint only the eye and thereby preserve anonymity and decorum.
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4301
Medium
watercolour on ivory
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