One of my favorite stories and places in England is the eyes of Blenheim Palace. The painting commissioned in 1928 by Gladys Deacon, the eccentric American woman who was the 2nd wife to the 9th Duke of Marlborough.

The painting was painted by the official war artist during WW1, Colin Gill.

No one really seems to know the meaning of the painting other than it is said to represent the brown eyes of the Duke and the blue ocean eyes of Gladys. She was said to have climbed a ladder to the artist with a scarf the specific shade of blue that matched her eyes that she wanted for the painting, and if that isn’t a romantic kick you in the side…… I don’t know what is. I find the eyes painting absolutely mesmerizing & hopelessly romantic.

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