Art: Stolen Van Dyck

In London last week the public went to see a momentous collection of Italian Renaissance paintings at Old Burlington House (TIME, Dec. 23). Notables had already swarmed through the galleries, among them the Philip Snowdens, Mrs. Winston Churchill, the Austen Chamberlains (she sponsored the show), the Duke of Marlborough, the Duke of Wellington, Margot Asquith. Mayfair booksellers announced an unprecedented sale of Italian art books. At this commercially auspicious moment, Art Dealer Godfrey Phillips of London ordered sent from Belgium a canvas by Sir Anthony Van Dyck which he intended to...

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