I have been watching the excellent series The Crown on Netflix which, for those of you how might be aware, documents the first few years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth 2nd. Perhaps it should have been called the Educating Elizabeth but perhaps that might be just a little flippant. The penultimate episode of the first season/series deals with the official portrait of Sir Winston Churchill. This is perhaps one of the most famous paintings of mid 20th century British art not because it was a great painting but rather that Churchill hated it and his wife had it destroyed on his death.
This caused me to think about what the official portrait of the next President of the United States of America will look like? Which ever painter is selected to capture the likeness will have his/her work cut out because Trump doesn’t have a face that will sit comfortably on the canvas. I am sure that someone will be found to make the painting, may I suggest Jonathan Yeo who seems to be able to make the rich and powerful seem slightly more approachable. However, I guess that Trump wouldn’t want such a thing but like so much about what President Trump will be like we just don’t know. After all in the last week he has changed from being the foaming mouthed bigot into a respectful, perhaps even slightly crestfallen figure. Is it me but has the enormity of what he has taken on suddenly started to sink in. It is one thing to boast and bluster from the side line it is quite another to actually have to deliver on your boasts.