Art dealer jailed for stealing from clients for 30 years

An art dealer stole at least £435,015 from his clients to fund a gambling habit, a court in Gloucester has heard.

Jonathan Poole of Poulton, Gloucestershire fleeced money out of nine victims over a period of 30 years by selling their artworks at a fraction of their value and pocketing the difference. He admitted to 26 offences of fraud and theft of artworks by Auguste Rodin, John Lennon, Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood, painter Sebastian Krüger and even jazz musician Miles Davis. Continue reading

Where are the poppies now?

It was the artistic installation that took the nation’s breath away.

888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British or colonial serviceman killed in the First World War transformed the Tower of London into a dramatic, commemorative field in 2014. Five million visitors including the Queen came to marvel at ’Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, the creation of ceramic artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Continue reading