Eye Portrait, circa 1800

Summary

Originally created as intimate tokens of affection between lovers or families, the first of these was thought to have been commissioned in the 1780s by the English Prince Regent, later King George IV, for his lover, Mrs. Fitzherbert. They were popular in England and France and rare in America. After 1800, eye portraits became associated with mourning jewelry, falling out of fashion by the 1840s.

Originally created as intimate tokens of affection between lovers or families, the first of these was thought to have been commissioned in the 1780s by the English Prince Regent, later King George IV, for his lover, Mrs. Fitzherbert. They were popular in England and France and rare in America. After 1800, eye portraits became associated with mourning jewelry, falling out of fashion by the 1840s.

Artifact

Brooch

Date Made

circa 1800

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

61.151.40

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Gold (Metal)
Glass (Material)
Watercolor (Paint)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: .875 in

Width: .938 in

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