Van Dyck Stolen from Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford

Over the weekend, three paintings, including a significant work by Anthony van Dyck, were stolen from a gallery at Oxford University’s Christ Church college. Local police reported that burglars had broken into the gallery on St. Aldates, which is part of Oxford University’s Christ Church college, at around 23:00 on Saturday 14 March 2020.

The three paintings that went missing are Van Dyck’s A Soldier on Horseback (1616), Salvator Rosa’s A Rocky Coast, with Soldiers Studying a Plan (ca. 1640-50), and Annibale Carracci’s A Boy Drinking (1580).

In a statement, Christ Church college said the gallery would remain closed until further notice, and called on members of the public to assist in any way they can with the recovering of the stolen paintings.

Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), A Soldier on Horseback, ca 1616 Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford

Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), A Soldier on Horseback, ca 1616
Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford