Intimate Vision: Portrait and Eye Miniatures around 1800

Teatime Talk
3.30pm Friday 28 of June
Intimate Vision: Portrait and Eye Miniatures around 1800
Hanneke Grootenboer

The end of the eighteenth century saw the start of a new craze in Europe: tiny portraits of single eyes that were exchanged by lovers or family members. These minuscule eyes are now largely forgotten, yet the intimate vision that they evoke brings the gaze of loved one deep into the heart of private experience. This talk will recount stories about these very private keepsakes—including the role one played in the scandalous affair of Mrs. Fitzherbert and the Prince of Wales, a portrait of the mesmerizing eye of Lord Byron, and the loss and longing incorporated in crying eye miniatures.

Dr Hanneke Grootenboer is a University Lecturer in History of Art, Fellow of St Peter's College, University of Oxford

Tickets £5 to book tel 01225 388569

See our current exhibition of photographic portrait miniatures, Ruby's Room by Bettina von Zwehl

 

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