A $400,000 colonial-era painting is believed to have been stolen from a home in Windsor, Melbourne.
The oil painting, titled Passage of the Blacks, was discovered missing in late July, police believe it had been stored at the Windsor house for the previous six months. The privately owned painting was awaiting maintenance work at this location.
The oil painting, titled ‘Passage of the Blacks’, depicts a group of Indigenous Australian people in a landscape by a river, in colonial in style. The unsigned painting is on a wooden
board sized 54.6 x 69.8 cm. The words ‘Passage of the Blacks’ are inscribed on
the verso in yellow paint along with an indistinct pencil inscription. It is possible
that the number 215263 may be evident on a label on the verso.
Police are appealing for anyone with information or who may have seen the
painting to contact Prahran Police Station on 9520 5200 or Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000, or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppesvic.com.au