I told him that if he voted for Trump, I would leave him


 Rose Hobart, 1934, oil on canvas; Luigi Luicioni, 1901-1988. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.


Priscilla,  I told him to stop saying that he feels that he is betraying his family  if he does not vote for Trump because his family have voted for the Republicans since the founding of the Republic. 


He knows that we all know that the Republic was founded 80 years before the Republican Party.  


And he keeps mentioning Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, in the same breath as Trump.  Abraham Lincoln  is absolutely spinning in his grave. 


It’s just sneer, sneer with him about everyone but Trump.  And he loves the Trump sneer.  I found him practicing sneering in front of the mirror!



Portrait of a Man, tempera on panel, c. 1450; Andrea del Castagno,1417-’19 – 1457, Italian (Florence).  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 


In the old days, he loved the Cheney sneer and it was Cheney-Cheney-Cheney.  And then Cheney went away and I relaxed.


Now,  shock-and-awe, Tea Party and who all knows what later, it’s Trump.  And the violence is among and between us.

I can’t go through this again.


 So Long Suckers, 2008, screenprint; Wayne Gonzalez, born 1957, American.  Whitney Museum of (North) American Art, New York.


On top of this, I think he is losing it with this medieval Italian wardrobe he likes to dress himself up in and flounce around the house.


He thinks Trump is the Prince and he thinks he could be his Machiavelli. He just loves the Trump Macho:  all that Il Duce chin swagger and the Der Fuhrer salute.  Loves it. 


Then he made the mistake of giving me the finger:  of course, he is so dumb he could not remember which finger to give me!


Portrait of a Gentleman seated before a Landscape, early 17th, oil on canvas; Leandro Bassano, 1557-1622, Italian.  Philadelphia Museum of Art


 That is when I saw red.


Untitled (Maroon Over Red), 1968 , acrylic on paper mounted on linen; Mark Rothko, 1903-1970; American born Russia. PAFA, Philadelphia  


I took and smashed his Tiffany lamp on his head.  He prizes it, Priscilla,  much more than he does me! 



Stained glass made by Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848-1933, American.


 Rose, you did what?  asked Priscilla. He deserved every little shard!


Priscilla Roberts, 1916-2001, self-portrait, 1937, oil on canvas board.  PAFA, Philadelphia.


 For a moment, he looked marvelous, Priscilla:  all full of flowers. 


Grateful for Summer, acrylic on plywood, 2006.  Linda Lee Alter, born 1936.  PAFA, Philadelphia


Then I ran out and down the stairs as quickly as I could and came to you, Priscilla.


 Woman Descending a Staircase, 1965, smudged oil on canvas from a photograph; Gerhard Richter, born 1932, German. In the International POP exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Museum, spring 2016.

Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2, 1912, oil on canvas; Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968; American born French. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Thank you for taking me in, Priscilla.  I should stop rushing to the window to see if he is going to follow me.  I hope not!

The Curtain,  1974, plaster, glass, wood and fabric; George Segal,  1924-2000, American. The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington


I am so tired now.  Would you mind if I went to bed? 


Bedroom Painting No. 36, oil on canvas, 1976; Tom Wesselmann, 1931-2004; private collection on loan to the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware


No, of course not, Rose.  But have a little to eat first.  Look, I prepared your favourite oysters.  Yes?    Good……….


Detail of Dishes with Oysters, Fruit and Wine, 1620-25, oil on panel; Osias Beert the Elder, active 1596-1623, Flemish.  National Gallery of Art, Washington,


And I know how lazy you are about peeling oranges, so I have a little one for you for after the oysters.  Yes?  Good……….


 Still Life with Oranges and Goblet of Wine, 1880-1890’s, oil on artist’s board; John Frederick Peto, 1854-1907, American.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC


A little wine, too.  Then you’ll sleep.

Take the pale blue bedroom which you always liked. The one with the horned armchair which used to make you laugh……   


One of the period rooms of Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, Delaware displaying the decorative arts of North America, 1650-1850. Spring 2016.


And any colour of towel which pleases you.

All bathrooms, kitchens etc. were removed when Henry Francis Dupont ceded his house, Winterthur, to the sole use of his museum in the early 1950s. 

In the spring of 2016, a ‘guest bathroom’ was re-installed between two period rooms furnished with antique bedding, linens etc.

This bathroom is as Mr. Dupont had designed it:  no claw feet on the tubs; cork tiling on the floor; soap made for Winterthur and colour-coded to match the towels.  His own travelling toiletry kit is balanced on the wash basin.  A cupboard stores every available thing for a guest’s comfort.


Tomorrow before breakfast we will take a walk through the park.  Your favourite pieris is in bloom already and the witch hazel too.  We’ll cast magic spells with the witch hazel against Trump and your former like we used to when we were children.

That should cheer us up! said Priscilla.


 Day 2



 Pieris Japonica in bloom on March 12, 2016  at Winterthur,  Wilmington, Delaware



Witch hazel in bloom at Winterthur, Delaware on March 12, 2016


The park is so lovely, Priscilla.  Thank you! 

Now breakfast.





 The Breakfast and detail, 1920,oil on canvas, 1920; Henri Matisse, 18569-1954, French. Philadelphia Museum of Art


You are always welcome to stay, you know, even if Trump-lover is not so far, Rose.

Regina, oil on canvas, 2009; Frances Galante, died 2015, American.  Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia

Ada, oil on board, 1957; a portrait by her husband, Alex Katz, born 1927, American.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY


Thank you very much.   You are so kind, as always.

But………….I think I’ll go to Paris. Isn’t there that song about Paris in the springtime? 

Anywhere.  Just away from him and Trump. 


Les Grands Boulevards, 1875, oil on canvas; Pierre-August Renoir, 1841-1919, French.  Philadelphia Museum of Art


 Pont Neuf, Paris, Afternoon Sunshine, 1901, oil on canvas.  Camille Pissarro, 1830-1903, French.  Philadelphia Museum of Art 2016

 The Taj is farther! Priscilla said.


The Taj Mahal, Agra, India.  December 2010

Even better, said Rose.  Delhi, then…………..

If Trump gets into the White House, what will we do though? Priscilla asked.



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