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Written by Bruce E. Mowday


  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books (August 7, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Signed by the author


Andrew Wyeth was one of the best known American artists in the world in the 20th century with his works, including the Helga series, being sought after by serious art collectors worldwide. His father, N. C., and son, Jamie, are integral parts of the best known American family of artists. They have an art museum dedicated to their works. A gang of thieves decided to steal an original Wyeth painting for their “retirement” and engaged a professional cat burglar (who was responsible for more than 1,500 crimes during his criminal career) to steal a Wyeth painting. The theft resulted in taking 15 paintings from the Wyeth estate in picturesque Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Seven were done by Andrew, six by Jamie and the other two by California artists. Today, those paintings would be worth millions of dollars. The FBI and Pennsylvania State Police were the investigating agencies. Were the paintings still in America, Europe or Asia? Were the paintings pre-sold and in a private collection, being stored for future sales or destroyed because the artwork was so well known? The search for the paintings takes the investigators throughout the United States and involves dangerous thieves, gamblers, drug dealers and murderers. In the process of tracking down the thieves and the paintings, hundreds of other crimes were solved.

Bruce E. Mowday is an award-winning author and newspaper reporter. Emotional Gettysburg is his third book on the epic Civil War battle of Gettysburg. His other Gettysburg books are Pickett’s Charge: The Untold Story and J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg. A fourth Civil War book written by Bruce is Unlikely Allies: Fort Delaware’s Prison Community in the Civil War. The Congress of Civil War Round Tables has named Bruce a “5-Star” speaker. Civil War Monitor magazine published an article by Bruce on Gettysburg. He has contributed to a variety of magazines and was editor and co-founder of a business magazine. In all, he has had published 21 books on history, sports, business and true crime. Bruce has appeared on the Discovery ID channel, ReelZ network, C-SPAN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network, Hollywood and Beyond, Whatcha Got, Journey into the Civil War, Chronicles of the American Civil War and other television shows. He has hosted his own radio shows and is a frequent speaker at various civic and historical groups. Bruce served as chairman of the Chester County Historical Society and president of the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates. He is a former board member of the Valley Forge Park Alliance and the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau.

"Stealing Wyeth" by Bruce Mowday

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