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

Constable ‘copy’ is actually a £2 million original

A landscape painting, which previously sold for £35,000 has been authenticated as an original from the brush of English Romantic painter John Constable and valued at around £2 million.

Gloucestershire businessman, Henry Reid, purchased the rendition of Willy Lott’s Cottage on the River Stour from art dealer and BBC Fake or Fortune? presenter Philip Mould in 2000. At the time, Mould was just beginning his career as a dealer. Continue reading

Artist ‘disgusted’ by appearance of her watercolour in ‘Broadchurch’ episode

An artist whose painting was featured in an episode of ‘Broadchurch’ is demanding £10,000 in compensation from the show’s producers.

Angela Hewitt from the Isle of Wight feels her “work has been abused” by Kudos, the makers of the ITV crime drama. Kudos did not seek Hewitt’s permission to feature her £125 watercolour of a cockerel as part of the set in a scene from the third series. The artwork appears onscreen for five seconds hanging on the wall in the home of rape suspect, Ed Burnett, played by Sir Lenny Henry. Although Burnett was eventually found not guilty, Hewitt believes the appearance of her work could damage her reputation as it has become “associated with a show about rape”.  Continue reading