Love Tokens and Keepsakes | The Lydiard Archives Collection

Our latest collection on The Lydiard Archives celebrates the theme of love with a group of exquisite St.John family miniatures drawn from Lydiard House and private collections.
These small portraits were given as tokens of affection and being easily portable, they could be kept close to a loved one, travel with them or be worn close to their heart.
The Lydiard miniatures span two centuries of dramatic events in the life of the family, for better and for worse. From Lucy Hutchinson’s courageous writing in the aftermath of the English Civil War to George St.John’s bigamous marriage in New York, you can discover more about the life and times of these striking and often controversial characters the further you explore the site.

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