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Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
These are a pair of smart day gloves made from kid leather or lambskin and were worn by George Eliot. They would have been worn when out in public—for example, when visiting, at a museum or at church. They would have been relatively expensive, for kid leather was considered the most luxurious of materials. They could have been made in Britain or abroad (France was the centre of the glove making industry at this time). They are known as two button gloves, which was a way of measuring the length of the glove and an indication of the occassion they were worn (longer gloves would have been worn in the evening)
They are slightly bigger than than the average glove size for the time period, and the right hand appears to be slightly larger than the left. The gloves appear not to have been worn very much.

George Eliot was born in Nuneaton in 1819 as Mary Ann Evans. She attended school in Coventry and returned to live in the city in 1841. She later settled in London where she began to write.
Scenes of Clerical Life, her first collection of work under the name George Eliot, appeared in 1858. Other major novels followed, including The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch.
Eliot died in 1880 at the age of 61.
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