Toilet discovery reveals art theft

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Published: Friday 17th October 2014 by The News Editor

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An oil painting by an internationally renowned Welsh artist has been stolen from a major cultural venue by a thief who stuffed the frame in a toilet cubicle.

Landscape At Llanaelhaearn by Sir Kyffin Williams, whose works have sold for tens of thousands of pounds, vanished from a secure room at the Southbank Centre in central London at the end of last month.

The theft from level five of the Royal Festival Hall was discovered when a member of staff found the broken picture frame in a toilet cubicle.

Detective Constable Ray Swan, from Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques Unit, said: “Whoever stole this painting is likely to try to sell it. I urge anyone who is offered the painting to report the matter to us immediately, or contact us if you know anything about the theft or the painting’s whereabouts.”

The work, dated 1947, measures 20in (51cm) by 24in (61cm) and depicts a figure looking out at a dark and rugged landscape.

It had been on display since November 2013, and was on loan from the Arts Council Collection.

Published: Friday 17th October 2014 by The News Editor

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