Aug 30 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
AN AMATEUR artist is devastated by the loss of a sketchbook containing six years’ worth of drawings.
Retired architect Subha Thakur, of Hunters Grove, Kenton, has been painting for three decades and believes his folio accidentally fell from his rucksack.
He said: “I am devastated. I’ve had the book for about six years and I always carry it with me to Green Park or Trafalgar Square because then on the way I sit and sketch people who are walking by.
“I was building up information from which I do my paintings. I make portraits and landscapes and I copy the old masters, particularly impressionists, and David Hockney. I do it mainly to give to friends and sometimes I sell them.”
Mr Thakur said he left his brother Prabha’s home in The Mall, Kenton, at 3pm on Thursday last week and walked to Kingsbury Tube station to catch a train, but when he got on the platform he realised the zip on his backpack was undone and the sketchbook had vanished.
The sketchbook is slightly smaller than A4 and has a blue cover with a white sticky label on it.
It had 52 pages of sketches on both sides, mostly drawn in pencil or Biro.
He added: “I retraced my steps back to the station but didn’t come across it and I have phoned the police but they said no-one has handed it in,” he said. “The ideal outcome is I get it back and I’m offering a £40 reward in the hope this happens.”
Did you pick up the dropped sketchbook? Contact Mr Thakur on 0208 907 4633.