For years, a very large 18th century engraving hung over my desk in my office. It is the 18th century engraving by Sir William Beechey of King George III with his sons reviewing the Royal Dragoons at Windsor Castle. I bought the engraving from Grosvenor Prints in London at least 25 years ago and loved having it over my desk. When the GREAT FIRE swept through Windsor Castle, the original enormous Beechey painting from which this engraving was made was destroyed because the team rescuing the castle’s treasures was unable to remove this great masterpiece from the walls in the State Dining Room. I believe it was the only great treasure lost in the unbelievable fire. Since the original image was destroyed, there was increased interest in the engravings of the painting. This enhanced interest in my engraving was part of my family’s conversations; one day, it vanished from my walls. I had a grin when it happened because I think I knew who had committed the theft. The following week, I was at my son’s home for dinner when I noticed that the huge frame and image was proudly hanging over my son’s sofa. I chuckled and was inwardly pleased that my son really does appreciate some of the historical items I have cared for. The great Engraving has been saved! This year, our entire family gathered at Thomas Jr.’s house for Christmas. While everyone was enjoying the festivities, I walked into my son’s new office and there was the “stolen” engraving hanging over his office desk. Perfect. When families prize their family’s treasures, somehow the next generation eventually assures their care. I think this impression was my best Christmas present.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918