Island Mystery: Where Is This Painting?

In 1972, Jon Haydn says, Betty Stockton painted him in West Chop. Now, he's hoping to be reunited with his portrait.

Islanders, are you ready for a winter mystery? An Arkansas sculptor is seeking to be reunited with a portrait of him that was painted on the Vineyard in 1972.

Jon Haydn posted two photos to our Patch Pics & Clips gallery yesterday, writing:

One is of Betty Stockton in front of a portrait she created of me in 1972. The other is of the completed portrait (and an excellent, heartfelt portrait it is). 

I posted in hopes of locating the portrait, in case it is unwanted and/or in need of being with me.

Your help in posting this request with the two photos would be appreciated.

Betty was attorney Charles Stockton's wife and, if I'm correct, she had a daughter named Marki (or Marky or Markie, I don't know) Love.

She painted me in their West Chop house overlooking Vineyard Haven harbor.

Do you recognize these names or photos? Could the portrait be in your Island attic? Tell us in the comments.

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Michael West February 12, 2013 at 09:29 PM
I knew Betty and Charles, both amazing individuals, warm, generous and talented. At one point in my life they helped me a great deal. I don't know about the painting, but I may be able to connect you with the family, if you don't find a better lead.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Wonderful news! Thank you, Michael. The game is afoot, Jon!
Jon Haydn February 13, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Thanks, Michael and Louisa, please feel free to Email me: world64246@mypacks.net and/or ask the family if they'd welcome such an inquiry. I appreciate your responses. JH
Michael West February 13, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Sent you an emaIl, Jon, with contact info for Betty's son in law. Good luck! And let me know how it goes.
joy February 13, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Jon Haydn February 20, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Thanks, again, to Louisa and Michael for I received a call from Betty's son-in-law today. He doesn't know where the portrait is but has given me numbers for his siblings-in-law and I've left messages for three of them. I had a long chat with Marky Love who was good friends with the Stockton children way back when, not the daughter of Betty I'd wondered in error. I'll let PATCH know the outcome of this latest chapter in my search for a 41 year old portrait. Best, JH
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Please do, Jon - thank you for the update and best of luck in the search.
Jon Haydn March 14, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Hi, All, I've been in touch with two of Betty Stockton's children off-Island. They were pleased to see the images but don't know where the painting is. One daughter said that Mrs. Stockton left many paintings on-Island when moving off-Island, adding to the mystery of its whereabouts. Please keep an eye out... maybe you'll see it hiding somewhere, someday. For now, I'm glad I have the photos I took 41 years ago. Thanks.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) March 14, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Thank you for the update, Jon. I wonder if any Island movers and/or storage companies might have seen the painting(s)?
Michael West March 16, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Someone may have picked it up at a flea market or thrift shop.
Jon Haydn March 16, 2013 at 04:29 PM
What are the legitimate children of fleas called? Offspring. I just saw that it's 36 degrees on the Vineyard this morning. Do not read the following words unless you want to be depressed... it's 70 in NW Arkansas.
Michael West March 16, 2013 at 05:46 PM
All the way up to 37 now, but it feels at least 5 degrees warmer, Jonny.


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