Hirshhorn Paintings Stolen from his Home

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Six paintings, valued at $500,000, which the owner, Joseph Hirshhorn, had planned to donate to the Smithsonian, are taken from Hirshhorn's Greenwich estate. The stolen paintings include a self-portrait by Thomas Eakins, a portrait by Edward Hopper, two paintings by Winslow Homer, and two by Adolphe Monticelli. The three men arrested for the theft are to be arraigned in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (The paintings were eventually returned in a plea bargain agreement.)


  • Eakins, Thomas 1844-1916
  • Hirshhorn, Joseph H
  • Homer, Winslow 1836-1910
  • Hopper, Edward 1882-1967
  • Monticelli, Adolphe 1824-1886
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Chronology of Smithsonian History


"Hirshhorn Art Theft Arrests," Washington Post, 18 March 1974

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


March 9, 1974


  • Art
  • Gifts
  • History
  • Theft
  • Art--History
  • Art objects



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