E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To look through green glasses. To feel jealous of one; to be envious of anothers success.
If we had an average of theatrical talent, we had also our quantum of stage jealousies; for who looks through his green glasses more peevishly than an actor when his brother Thespian brings down the house with applause.C. Thomson: Autobiography, p. 197.