The Easel

16th March 2021

Detective who found Munch’s Scream and Irish Vermeer stolen by Martin Cahill dies at 73

Light relief. Art detectives, like the thieves they chase, enjoy a certain mystique. Hill’s back story – an Oxford educated Scotland Yard detective – may only enhance that romantic image. The anecdotes are splendid and the list of artworks he helped recover impressive. His views on the thieves are interesting – “there is a madness that afflicts these people”.