Saturday, 30 August 2008

A Stolen Constable

John Constable - Looking South from Near Red Brow Towards RosthawaiteAn 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.


At 31/8/08, Anonymous Art Hostage said...

lol, Titians rest on the flight into Egypt was recovered in 2002 by the much maligned Charlie hill.

You are right, Scotland yards art and antiques squad is run by Vernon "The Bookeeper, Bagpuss" Rapley who's mission is to reach his retirement as soon as possible.

see link for details on priorities:

At 31/8/08, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

I'm pretty sure the date on that Flight Into Egypt was February 2008. Don't tell me it took Bagpuss 4 years to get round to posting it as Most Wanted!

To see how it should be done, visit the Los Angeles Police Dept. And the FBI runs a very pretty website, but doesn't answer your emails; LAPD does. (I told the FBI it had posted "Cromwell" as a stolen work of art; it's a fake.)

At 31/8/08, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Six years! I never did well at maths.


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