The painting "Portrait of Lady Georgiana Cavendish" was completed in 1787 by Thomas Gainsborough and has dimensions of 127 × 101.5 cm. Acquired it has the Chatsworth House in Derbyshire in England. More than 200 years later, it is a spectacular way again become part of the collection of Chatsworth House after an art theft. It is now part of the Chatsworth House Collection.
The painting was trimmed until it fit over a fireplace
In 1841 she sold the painting for 56 pounds to an art dealer, who handed his friend, the former art connoisseur Wynn Ellis it. When Ellis died, Gainsborough's oil painting was auctioned in 1876 at Sotheby's in London. For the record sum of 10 000 pounds changed the image of the owner. The art dealer William Agnew auctioned the painting.
Yet after only three weeks ago, on 05/25/1876, it from his gallery Thomas Agnew & Sons in London's Bond Street was stolen. The art theft was in the former daily newspapers with a major response, including assumptions and speculations, where the painting could stop.
The art theft of Gainsborough's painting "Portrait of Lady Georgiana Cavendish"
Adam Worth was none other than the infamous "Napoleon of the criminal world." Worth reputation as a thief was so high that he as a template for the fictional character "Professor Moriarty" Sherlock Holmes - was - "the opponent of the detective."
Adam Worth, Napoleon of the criminal world
The return of the painting at Chatsworth House
105 years after the art theft from the London Agnew's Gallery, the painting came back in 1901 into their possession. The Agnew's Gallery sold it for $ 150,000 to the Wall Street financier JP Morgan. 1994 Gainsborough's painting "Portrait of Lady Georgiana Cavendish" auctioned at the auction house Sotheby's. The 11th Duke of Devonshire received the acclaim for $ 408,870. Today the painting hangs in the Chatsworth House in Derbyshire England. Thus the painting after more than 200 years, is again arrived at the original owner.