Can You Help Find Stolen Spencer Painting?
(4 May 2012)
Early Sunday morning on 29th April 2012 there was a break in at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham Village. The burglar having thrown a drain cover through a window managed to get in, in spite of the burglar alarm going off. The painting Cookham from Engelfield was stolen by the burglar who had broken the glass and discarded the frame before leaving the building
As it is virtually impossible to sell on the painting, everyone is asked to keep a look out for the painting, check their bins and also the hedgerows to ensure that the painting has not been dumped somewhere.
Stuart Conlin, Chair of Trustees, has written the following:
The Trustees of
the Gallery regret to inform you that we suffered a burglary last
weekend. One painting was stolen, Cookham from Englefield, painted by
Spencer in 1948. The picture, illustrated here, was removed from its
frame and only the canvas stolen, which
measures about 90 by 60 cm (3 by 2 feet). It was on loan to the
Gallery and the owner and Gallery wish above all else to have the
painting returned. Everyone who reads this is urged please to watch
out for the picture in case it has been discarded and to look at the
contents of their bins and skips, alleyways etc in the hope that it
might turn up. Two other works suffered minor damage, and three other
works have been temporarily removed from the exhibition.
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