Yesterday, PJ and I drove over to Cincinnati to hang out with our friend James, who was attending the North American Conference on British Studies. While there, we visited the Taft Museum of Art, pictured here.

The Taft Museum was founded by Anna Sinton Taft, who, according to the museum’s website, “lived in the mansion with her husband Charles Phelps Taft from 1873 until their respective deaths in 1931 and 1929.”

PJ and I have developed quite a fondness for house museums. In the past couple of years we have visited the Frick Collection, the Morgan Library and Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Sir John Soane’s Museum. There’s something both fascinating and garish about the wealth that enabled these people to amass such collections. We feel both grateful to them and kind of grossed out by them. (At least I feel that way — I don’t want to speak for PJ.)

I’ll write about a few of my favorite works in the Taft Museum after the break ….