Art: Knaves with Knives

Five dogs and 20 people in a 17th-century castle near Canterbury slept the deep sleep of a country week end. On the ground floor there was the thin, grinding sound of a glass cutter, and a mullioned window opened to admit dark figures. A dim light came on. . . . Down early in the morning, Sir Edmund Davis, financier and host of Chilham Castle, noticed the light still burning. In his gallery he found "a shocking sight." Spread out on cushions on the floor were five picture frames from which the robbers had neatly cut $500,000 worth of masterpieces: two...

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