Saturday 28 March 2015

Looted Constable?

To repatriate or not to repatriate? That is the question hanging over John Constable's Beaching A Boat, Brighton (1824) a preparatory sketch for a later painting. It was owned by a Jewish Hungarian artist who fled the 1944 Nazi invasion and went into hiding. He died in 1958. His descendants found the painting in Tate's collection and submitted a claim to the Spoliation Panel in 2013. The painting was first recorded in London in 1962, and was donated to the Tate by Mrs P.M. Rainsford in 1986. The Spoliation Advisory Panel decided that Tate had "a moral obligation" to return it. Since then, new information has come to light (CLICK).


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