Artist Collection: (406 of 1525)< Previous | Next >
she loved hats, by rc dewinter
Tags: antiques, bedroom, Connecticut, furniture, hats, poinsettia, purse, still life, vintage
  • + MOUSE OVER image to zoom in
  • + CLICK to enlarge

she loved hats

by rc dewinter
Artist Notes
© 2011 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved ___________________________________________________________________________________ Aside from her temporary mania for tatting lace, Auntie Rose had one other quirky penchant – I suppose it could almost be considered an obsession – collecting, and wearing, hats. Formal, large-brimmed hats spectacularly adorned with feathers, flowers and beads, toques, berets, straw hats, cloches, Merry Widows, turbans – the moment a new millinery design was introduced, Auntie was off on one of her shopping sprees, spending lavishly on the latest styles whether they suited her tiny frame or not. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Papa was constantly amazed and amused whenever Auntie returned from one of her trips to New York, having bought so many new chapeaux that her driver would stagger behind her into the house, burdened like a Mexican burro, dancing about while balancing a mountain of elaborately beribboned hat-boxes, trying to get everything safely inside without dropping and potentially crushing any of Auntie’s latest acquisitions. ___________________________________________________________________________________ “Rosie,” Papa would bellow in mock dismay, “I am going to be obliged to erect a new outbuilding for all these hats. Wherever will you put them?” ___________________________________________________________________________________ Auntie would make a demure moue and tinkle merrily, “Oh brother dear, never fear. I shall paw through my collection and give some away to the church collection boxes for the poor of deepest darkest Africa.” ___________________________________________________________________________________ At this Papa would give a mighty snort and give forth on the ridiculousness of an African tribeswoman out gathering fruits and grains in a veiled tea hat, while the rest of us, Auntie included, burst into unrestrained laughter at the pantomimes Papa conjured. He would fold himself into a bent posture, pretending to have a bag slung around his body, and mimic a woman trying to grasp a particularly ripe fruit with one hand while attempting to keep a large and unsuitable hat on her head. Or he would pretend to be stirring a cook-pot over the hearth, periodically stopping to retrieve an imaginary hat that had fallen into the food. With each extraction he would mince across the room toward a window and vigorously shake the hand holding the invisible hat, as if attempting to remove whatever sticky concoction had adhered as a result of its most recent dunking. The days on which Auntie returned from a hat-buying bacchanalia were some of the most fun for Teddy and me – indeed, for all of us. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Auntie never did give away any of her hats, however; it would have been sacrilege to orphan any of her beloved headgear, even when styles shifted and made obsolete one-third of her collection. Instead, Auntie used the no longer fashionable pieces as decorations throughout her rooms, changing her displays according to the season. Although many in our town doubtless thought Auntie Rose an eccentric, we knew that she really was a treasure, blessed with an unfettered imagination and boundless humor. ~ From 'The Diary of Ellen Fall (1889-1965)', © 2011 RC deWinter
Contact Artist Send Artist an Email
Artist rc dewinter

More about rc dewinter

ct, us
Artist Biography
All art and written work © 2001-2015 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved ~ Hello and welcome to my portfolio. I am a self-taught photographer/digital artist/writer. I have been shooting photos for over 25 years, using both traditional and digital SLR equipment, and creating digitgal painting since 20 ...
full bio >

Recently Added Art

  • Autumn Carpet
  • The Red Wheelbarrow
  • Jewelled Sky
  • Moonlit Mile
  • Archway to Autumn
  • October Potpourri
  • Old and Cozy
  • The Back Step
  • Satin Leaves
  • Sketchy Sky
  • Les Pommes de la Lune
  • Autumn Blue
View artist’s gallery >

Similar Art

  • Coal Stove in Kitchen
  • odd
  • Eyeglasses 6B hand drawn
  • Abstract Design 331M
  • Sunday Table
  • Treasure Trove - Sacred Silver Scorpion on Red
View similar art >