The Eye Patch
A. C. 1816
This gentleman’s black eye patch is without the talking point of this portrait. His left eye does look a bit red and sore but it’s a puzzle as to why he has chosen to raise his customary eye patch perhaps at the artist’s suggestion. If it was out of vanity, then he would surely have removed it altogether. Unless he also had a injury above the eye. We can but speculate! He is nonetheless smartly dressed in a shirt with a standing collar, lemon waistcoat and knotted stock.
The portrait is signed along the edge at four o’clock – A. C. 1816 – and is housed in a gold frame that is enclosed on the reverse.
Item Ref. JH010
Size: 65 x 49mm