The latest work by enigmatic street artist Banksy has been vandalised with the name of a rival.
The wall has since been defaced again, with the typewriter obscured by red paint. Below the artwork, the words “Team Robbo” are scrawled in large red lettering.
King Robbo was a graffiti artist who was frequently described in the media as Banksy’s “nemesis”.
The pair sometimes painted over each other’s artworks, and became the subject of the 2011 Channel 4 documentary Graffiti Wars. Robbo died in 2014.
Prior to its defacement, the artwork had attracted praise from Oscar-winning actor Kate Winslet, who interpreted Banksy’s piece as an endorsement of a proposal to convert the old prison into a centre for the arts.
“I just felt incredibly excited for Reading to have a Banksy,” said Winslet.
The stencil painting was discovered on the wall of the prison on 1 March, with onlookers speculating that Banksy was behind it.
Banksy then shared a video to social media which confirmed his authorship of the painting, featuring famous 1980s PBS artist Bob Ross.
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