A Stolen Constable
An unknown Turner? No. This is a watercolour sketch by John Constable: Looking South from Near Red Brow Towards Rosthawaite (CLICK for a larger graphic). It's on the Metropolitan Police Art & Antiques database as stolen, under the Most Wanted category. There's also a stolen oil painting by Titian in this category: Rest on the Flight into Egypt (CLICK). These are among a mere handful of paintings that can be viewed online by the public (title link). What of the thousands of other stolen artworks on the database? We have no chance of spotting one of them if it turns up in a car boot sale. It makes you wonder whether the Met. wants to find these stolen treasures or not.