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Eyeglasses and spectacles

Portraits showing sitters wearing or using spectacles, monocles, magnifying glasses and other implements to aid vision. Explore the full list here.

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James Hook
by Lemuel Francis Abbott
circa 1800
NPG 2519

Charles Hayter
by Sir George Hayter
NPG 2617

Sir Charles Bell
by John Stevens
circa 1821
NPG 446a

Hannah More
by Henry William Pickersgill
NPG 412

Marie Tussaud
attributed to Francis Tussaud
circa 1842
NPG 2031

Rudyard Kipling
by Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt
NPG 1863

Ralph Lynn
by Fred Daniels
NPG P389

Sir Robin Day
by Nick Sinclair
NPG P510(10)

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