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NEWSLETTER

BLAKE THEFT FOILED

According to a report in the Guardian for 1 March 1978, p. 2—“Aladdin’s cave haul found by police”—police officers in London had arrested a man after finding “Items worth £160,000” in his flat: prints, silver, china, glass, and—“original paintings by William Blake,” “illustrations for the poems of Mr Thomas Grey [sic],” which according to the report had been “valued at up to £100,000 by Bonham Galleries.” All the stolen items were put on display at the Marylebone police station.

Unfortunately or fortunately, the Blakes turned out in the end to be a Blake Trust facsimile. ITEM COURTESY OF G. E. BENTLEY, JR.

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