Testaments Betrayed

As a life long student of obituaries, the Framer would have found a certain satisfaction in reading his own. Indeed, he would have been the first to grasp the significance of his unseasonable demise in securing a place amongst the illustrious dead, in this the last of all great publicity scams. His friends had campaigned hard on behalf of his memory and were generous in their praise for his 'fixity of purpose', 'grit' and 'stoicism', whilst glossing over his ill temper, taciturn manner and the dubious means by which he acquired much of his collection. The real problems began however when the contents of his last will and testament became known; but that part of the story must wait until I have presented to the reader an account he scribbled during that final summer, of most of the remaining pictures in his collection.




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