Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Jack Lewis Painting Missing

I was shocked to read this morning of the recent theft of a Jack Lewis painting from the President Home at Wesley College in Dover. The painting (appraised at $4500) depicts the home on South State Street and was commissioned by the home's owners 12 year's ago. Jack Lewis is a beloved painter in the community of Dover and the state of Delaware. The painting is believed to be stolen earlier this year during renovations of the home and change of college president.

The home on South State Street, Dover that is depicted in the stolen painting.

As an owner of several Jack Lewis paintings, some of which are recently acquired and are currently on display at the museum, the Biggs Museum is empathetic for Wesley's loss of this painting. Original artwork is priceless, irreplaceable, an investment, and unique. The artwork an individual displays and holds in their home is a reflection of the owner's personality and tastes. Therefore it is disheartening to hear stories such as this (remember the two Van Gogh paintings stolen earlier this year?) and we can only hope that this painting will be returned to its home (mostly because the painting is of the home!)

Police are currently searching for the painting and the sticky fingers who stole it. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of this painting please contact Dover police at 736-7111 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

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