At 15.10 on Tuesday 3rd July 2007 the 17th Century painting Sunlight on a Stormy Sea, by Bonaventura Peeters the Elder (BHC0804) was reported missing from the first floor west side of the Queen’s House, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. The thief managed to circumvent physical security fittings, the alarm system and staff patrols. The frame has been damaged in the theft. CCTV footage reveals a potential suspect to be white, middle-aged male with short brown hair, and wearing a dark shirt and light trousers.
The painting is on panel, 177 x 241mm (frame 295 x 355 x 60mm), and is unsigned.
The theft has been reported to the Police and is being investigated by the Art and Antiques Squad of the Metropolitan Police Service. It has also been registered on the Art Loss Register.
DS Vernon Rapley, Metropolitan Police: +44 207 230 3262
Art Loss Register: www. artloss.com
Roger Quarm, Curator of Paintings, NMM: +44 208 312 6717
Jenny Gaschke, Curator of Art, NMM: +44 208 312 6617
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29th October 2007
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