The Woman Who Stole Vermeer by Anthony M. Amore

The brilliant lifestyles and crimes of heiress-turned-progressive Rose Dugdale, who in 1974 became the only woman to drag off a first-rate art heist.In the sector of crime, there exists an uncommon commonality between individuals who thieve art and people who repeatedly kill: they’re nearly completely male. But, as with any things, there is continually an outlier—someone who bucks the trend, defying the reliable profiles and leaving investigators and researchers scratching their heads. In the history of major artwork heists, that outlier is Rose Dugdale. Dugdale’s lifestyles is singularly notorious. Born into severe wealth, she deserted her lifestyles as an Oxford-skilled PhD and heiress to sign up for the cause of Irish Republicanism. While on the surface she appears to be the British model of Patricia Hearst, she is some thing but. Dugdale ran head-first closer to the action, spearheading the first aerial terrorist attack in British records and pulling off the biggest artwork theft of her time. In 1974, she led a gang into the opulent Russborough House in Ireland and made off with thousands and thousands in prized paintings, including works by Goya, Gainsborough, and Rubens, as well as Lady Writing a Letter along with her Maid by using the mysterious master Johannes Vermeer. Dugdale as a result have become—to this day—the only woman to tug off a prime art heist. And as Anthony Amore explores in The Woman Who Stole Vermeer, it’s likely that this was now not her handiest such heist. The Woman Who Stole Vermeer is Rose Dugdale’s story, from her idyllic upbringing in Devonshire and her presentation to Elizabeth II as a debutante to her university years and her eventual radical lifestyle. Her lifestyles of crime and activism is at turns unbelievable and awe-inspiring, and certain to engross readers.

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In The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist, Anthony M. Amore expertly combines high-quality history with gripping authentic crime. Amore, writer of The Art of the Con and director of safety on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, is an expert on art crimes and homeland safety. His new e book recounts the existence of heiress Rose Dugdale, one in every of few women within the world to tug off a first rate art heist. The e book starts with her privileged beginnings in England and university years at Oxford studying philosophy and economics, and progresses through her radical transformation into an first rate art thief.

Rich in tantalizing details, The Woman Who Stole Vermeer is filled with private anecdotes from those who knew Dugdale the best— old university friends, colleagues and political compatriots who all don't forget her as absolutely original and completely fearless. Several dramatic events in Dugdale’s existence led her to follow progressive politics, however none affected her greater than Bloody Sunday in 1972, when British squaddies killed extra than dozen demonstrators at a protest march in Northern Ireland. From then on, she became devoted to ending British imperialism and supporting the Irish Liberation Army.

The motives for Dugdale’s prolific art heists were complex and surprising, but they were in no way selfish. In 1973, to help fund her political causes, Dugdale stole treasured art work from her family’s estate. As her crimes escalated, she stole a helicopter and tried to bomb a police station. In 1974, along with three different people, she entered Ireland’s Russborough House, which become then the house of a British Member of Parliament, and stole 19 priceless paintings, including Johannes Vermeer’s “The Lady Writing a Letter With Her Maid.” In striking detail, Amore describes how Dugdale become recognized as the one who orchestrated the heist. Her next arrest, theatrical trial and maximum dramatic crimes are also vividly explained. This interesting biography of a singular lady is for all of us who loves real crime, art, politics and history.

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