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REF 0308   Georgian Mourning Eye Miniature

Fine watercolour eye miniature, under crystal and set to a gold brooch dated 1835. The portrait is of a child's eye in dark clouds, symbolic of mourning. Exquisite execution of a most poignant subject, possibly by the hand of J C D Engleheart. Eye miniatures were a curious anomaly in miniature painting that came into fashion at the end of the 18th century. They were an extremely intense manifestation of an already emotionally charged art, apparently an attempt to capture ‘the window of the soul’, the supposed reflection of a person’s most intimate thoughts and feelings. Some eye miniatures were expressions of love, and some, like this example, were expressions of loss.

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