Britain’s National Gallery Has Reopened, After Years Of Controversy Over The Theft Of Famous Paintings

Earlier this month, the National Gallery, which had been closed for more than 100 days because of the outbreak, ended its “longest closure in history” and reopened to the public.

Among the paintings on display after the reopening is a portrait of the Duke of Wellington by Spanish master Francisco Goya, which has unexpectedly attracted attention and discussion on social media.

A 61-year-old retired motorist who stole the painting from the National Gallery spent four years searching for it before returning it to police two months later.


What is more surprising, because “removed from the gallery without a permanent intention painting” in the British law is not a crime, so the thief named, kempton bunton, ICONS, finally gave the only charges were formally, is stolen, he even draw together 100 pounds worth of frame, and bunton therefore was jailed for three months.

The retired driver later told the press that his motive for the theft was to protest the BBC’s gratuitous charges – he claimed he only watched free channels on TELEVISION, but was still billed, and was jailed for more than three months for refusing to pay.


In anger, he decided to draw attention to himself with a sensational story. So, in the early hours of August 21, 1961, he mounted a ladder, climbed through the window of the gallery’s toilet and stole the Portrait of the Duke of Wellington. Bunton took the painting home and hid it behind a wardrobe, only to find that he had lost the courage to face the public. In May 1965, he took the painting to the station’s left luggage office and sent the receipt to the press.

To everyone’s surprise, after the theft of the painting, the public assumed that the thief must be a highly professional and sophisticated recidivist, and the media made all kinds of exciting and mysterious speculations about his identity.