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Archive of the posts written by author: 'The Gallery Attendant'.
Apr
15

5th Ransom Note: Goya As No Pardon Has Been Offered…

‘Goya as no pardon has been offered, a deal can only be arranged if a guarantee is forthcoming. If you can assure me that £30,000 can be got from exhibition, or that you can get Gallery permission to continue exhibition until a minimum…

Apr
15

4th Ransom Note: Goya’s Wellington Is Safe…

‘Goya’s Wellington is safe. I have looked upon this affair as an adventurous prank – must the authoritys refuse to see it this way. I know now that I am in the wrong, but I have gone too far to retreat. Liberty was risked in…

Apr
15

3rd Ransom Note: Terms Are Same…

‘Terms are same. Rag students kidnap living persons for ransom – they are not charged. An amnesty in my case would not be out of order. The yard are looking for a needle in a haystack, but they haven’t a clue where the…

Apr
15

The Duke’s Theft: Some History

Introduction The purpose here is not to provide an exhaustive account of the theft, ransom and return of the Duke’s portrait. This has already been done by others far more accomplished than I.  In addition a wealth of information is easily and freely…

Apr
15

2nd Ransom Note: The Duke Is Safe His Temperature Cared For…

‘The Duke is safe. His temperature cared for – his future uncertain. The painting is neither to be cloakroomed or kiosked, as such would defeat our purpose and leave us to ever open arrest. We want pardon or the right to leave the…

Apr
15

1st Ransom Note: Query Not That I Have The Goya…

‘Query not that I have the Goya. It has a stick label on back saying F le gallais & Son. Depositories. Jersey. Name Duke of Leeds. Date 22.8.58 no 2. It has cross ribs each way (Back) The act is an attempt to…

Apr
15

The Toilet Of Venus: Chapter 2 – Of Toilets And Poets

Now for some history. During the recent Beggars Wars our Gallery had been much abused so it was being patched up, dry-cleaned and extended. The nation’s collection had grown. Fine. And likewise for me – one of my wars was over too. Yet…

Apr
15

The Toilet Of Venus: Chapter 1 – The ‘Least Door’ Beckons

Join the commuters one morning in the capital city of the seagirt land of Amphisia. Hurry! Walk east on the north side of the Rostral Square by the facade of the Great Gallery of Art to St Swallows slender spire, or west, to…

Apr
15

A Strange Thing To Do?

There can’t be many people who deliberately reveal clues and evidence that might link a much loved and respected member of their family with a crime! But in this case I am tempted to make an exception even if I do not condone…

Apr
15

A Tale Of Two Warriors

This blog features two warriors from two completely different eras, backgrounds and ranks. A Scottish sergeant who fought in the air, against Hitler, and an English general who fought on the ground, against Napolean. The first of these warriors was my late uncle…

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