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

“If That’s A Goya, I’m A Virgin!”

Before we start, let’s just set the scene with something often overlooked by those researching the Duke’s theft. It’s the suspicion that the original picture purchased in 1961 was not actually painted by Goya at all! This will become relevant as we progress.…


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Synopsis: The Toilet Of Venus

Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington is owned by the Duchess. The Duchess wants to sell the picture to the nation whilst keeping the original! The Duchess employs a master copyist, Alphonse. Instead of making one copy he makes five. All five…


The Theft Of Goya’s Portrait Of The Duke Of Wellington From The National Gallery

Francisco De Goya’s Portrait of The Duke Of Wellington. Purchased for the nation at great cost and placed on exhibition 3rd August 1961 at the National Gallery in London. Found missing at 10.45 pm on the 21st of August 1961. (Coincidentally, fifty years…

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