The painting hangs in the hall, or over the mantelpiece in the sitting room. Some of the details relayed by those who have seen it over the decades are in dispute. But not the painting’s existence or the subject: Hung in Robert Lighthizer’s home is a painting of himself.
“I said: ‘Bob, you have a large portrait of yourself hanging on your wall’,” is how one visitor recalls a conversation years ago during a visit to the home of Donald Trump’s trade tsar. “And he said: ‘Everyone should.’ I said: ‘A painting of themselves? Or a painting of you?’ And he said: ‘A painting of me!’”