The history of Goyas "Duke of Wellington"
Visible on the portrait is the badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Belonging to this order of knights was at times Wellington's already as a by Emperor privilege conferred as a reward for merit. Goya has religious insignia subsequently added to the painting, as Wellington was completed in the course of the year 1814 later.
Francisco de Goya admired the English military leader and produced a total of three portraits of Wellington.The first portrait shown here was begun in 1812 and completed in 1814. It was founded in 1961 by the National Gallery in London from the Wolfson Foundation bought.
The art theft of Goyas "Duke of Wellington"
For fame came the picture in the first James Bond film, "Dr. No "of 1962, in the James Bond in a scene, the hall of Dr. No and enter the stolen paintings hanging recognizes on the wall.
Four years later, theft Bunton started again to contact the media. This time he said that the painting could be picked up in a luggage compartment of the railway. Six weeks later, he voluntarily surrendered to the police.In the following trial could Buntons defender convince the court that the retired bus driver did not intend to keep Goya's paintings. Therefore, Kempton Bunton received only a three-month sentence. 1969 admitted his son John Bunton that he would have acted on behalf of his father and that he had stolen the image. His father would have taken the painting for his campaign to ban television fees for vulnerable groups and retirees.