Young Lady as seductive Shepherdess, in a galant Hat posed on a Peasant Cap and crowned with a Globe Ribbon, in the moment where by the means of her Lorgnette, she follows something in the Air, launched by her Lover, whose Portrait is worn on her Arm. (1784)
"What does the expression of this eloquent organ become, when one can only perceive it through a crystal which tires it? While the lorgnette is in the hand of hauteur and disdain, coquetry gives to the eyes of our pretty women near-convulsive movements which disfigure the most handsome faces.
"The mania for lorgnettes did great harm to very beautiful eyes, and women, regardless of the weakness of their sight, should rather renounce seeing faraway objects, than disfigure thus their gaze to those surrounding them."
Sébastien MERCIER, Tableau de Paris, 1783.