The Kime Stories: Part One
Over this small series, we will be looking at some of Robert’s most loved pieces in his collection.
One of the most surprising discoveries Robert has made over the years is noting how a certain object can give one so much pleasure, even after many years of owning it and looking at it every day.
“I bought this picture at sale in Leominster, many years ago. I don’t know who the artist is, nor whether it has a name. You can tell it is a good picture though because the hands are very beautifully drawn. From the moment I saw it, there was something about the scale, the colouring and the subject’s expression that appealed to me. He is a half-son (you can see one half of the sun in the upper left corner) and is the bastard son of the wife, so he carries the Arms of his father, a peasant, yet is dressed in finery as his mother has status.”
“His gaze is a bit disaffected, isn’t it? Had it been the other way around, he would have carried the Arms of his wealthy father and his mothers status wouldn’t have entered the equation. This picture tells a story with many clues of time, place and culture in it. I like that and it has kept me interested all the years I’ve had it. It’s been in all my houses, and right now it’s hanging in my drawing room, so I can look at it every day.”