Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Thursday, 28 October 2021

The Ultimate Designer Sunglasses?

I had seen another link to this story but then managed to lose it, but came across it again in this report from indianewsrepublic.com about a forthcoming auction at Sotheby’s of two pairs of seventeenth century Mughal sunglasses - an understated design with emeralds for lenses set in diamond encrusted frames…. - which can be seen at Rare diamonds, Mughal emerald eyeglasses auctioned in Britain

I had read in the past that the Emperor Nero used a slice of emerald as an early form of sunglasses when at the Games and here is evidence of the same medium to screen Imperial eyes.

Eat your heart out Rayban ….

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