‘The Duke’ Tells Little-Known Story of the Heist of Goya Painting – ARTnews.com

As the story goes, in 1969, Kempton Bunton, a 61-year-old taxi driver, snuck into the National Gallery in London and removed Francisco de Goya’s portrait The Duke of Wellington (1814), before creeping away into the night. The theft became national news and Britain mobilized to hunt down the thief, who was assumed to be an … Read more

The man who made off with a Goya

‘It’s not very good, is it?’ Up in his spare bedroom in Newcastle, retired bus driver Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent) has just unwrapped Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington. How it got there, how it gets back to the National Gallery in London, and the subsequent fall-out, is broadly the subject of Roger Michell’s … Read more