The green-gold of fruiting quince. In memoriam

Winterthur, Delaware today

Legacy of Henry Francis du Pont, 1880-1969, American



In memoriam:

Linda Eaton, the John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur

where she worked for 30 years before illness halted her and took her life in August 2021.


A teacher, conservator, innovator in interdisciplinary textile scholarship.  Very generous with the knowledge that she accumulated, kind, and generous with her time. 



Linda Eaton

discussing printed Indian textiles in an exhibition “Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia,” at Winterthur in 2016.  Photo from the net.




How much she must have relished the cycle of colours of these grounds, bushes, trees, flowers for having walked here to and from her office in the museum for so many years.




Into the grounds at Winterthur and past the old Japanese maple







to reach the flowering quinces not so far away






Flowering quince begin to bloom in late March; the flowers continue for a month





In September, the bushes are throttled with quince, protected by the bush’s long thorns



One single flower cluster remaining today on one bush among the more than perhaps 20 bushes bearing flowers in shades ranging from white and pale orange to deep red in early Spring










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