To all the FFVs* of Richmond:
I have “five under the ground” in the most beautiful city in the western hemisphere. I bow to no man in the realm of cosmopolitan patrimony. But your town has some excellent things. I can see why you regard it as the center of the cosmos.
I would have much more to present here, dear reader, if only the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ website were not so impossibly bad.
Does the Kreuser collection of Art Nouveau belt buckles make Richmond the most excellent repository on earth? Just about.
* “First Families of Virginia.” At West Point in the 1840’s, the FFVs considered Stonewall Jackson a hillbilly beneath their notice, since he grew up in the Ohio River basin.