|Patricia Hewitt Darling|
1921 to 2000
I am showing a photograph of MD that was taken in the mid 1940s when she was a young woman. I keep it in a silver frame that once belonged to MD's mother and that sits on my bedroom chest of drawers at Darlington House. The frame was a gift to my grandmother from her best friend when she got engaged to my grandfather.
I am partial to this photograph for a number of reasons. MD is young and lithe, and she is sitting barefoot in her parents' living room in a chair whose slipcover has contrasting moss fringe. How stylish is that? On her lap sprawls her most adored pet spaniel, Sall—short for Sally; she was also known as Silly Sall. And right by MD's elbow is a large glass ashtray, sitting on top of a bobbin-turned table, for her ever-present Lucky Strikes. I remember that table well, as it sat in our own living room when I was growing up. That is, until MD replaced most of the antiques in our house with Danish Modern furniture in the late 1960s.
She really was something else, that MD.
Happy MD Day, Mummy Darling, wherever you are!
Photograph by Boy Fenwick