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Why Are We Just Now Learning About This Theft?

March 9, 2018

Stolen Jasper F. Cropsey

Why is this news just surfacing when the owner discovered, back in August of 2017, that the 6 of his Hudson River School paintings (including works by David Johnson, Thomas Cole, Thomas Moran, and Jasper Francis Cropsey) were missing from a storage facility?  There needs to be better lines of communication between those who keep records of stolen works, the victims, police, and the art community.

The story goes on to report that the owner last saw the paintings in 2014.  So, it has now been almost 4 years that these paintings may have been circulating in the art market.  I would not be surprised to learn that unsuspecting dealers and/or collectors have bought and sold some of the stolen works.

Also, they claim the works are valued at almost $2M and these are the best photographs?  Come on … give me a break!

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