Saturday 22 October 2016

Gardai renew appeal for help in tracing three stolen paintings

Published 17/04/2015 | 14:54

A Portrait of a Lady by Sir John Lavery
A Portrait of a Lady by Sir John Lavery
Landscape with Cottage by Paul Henry
The Fern in the Area by Jack B Yeats

Gardai investigating the theft of three paintings by famous Irish artists from a house in Donard have once again appealed for help from the public.

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The world-renowned paintings are by Sir. John Lavery, Paul Henry and Jack B. Yeats.

The paintings are "Portrait of a Lady" by Sir John Lavery (around 65cm x 30cm), "Landscape with Cottage" by Paul Henry (around 40cm x 50cm), and "The Fern in the Area" by Jack B.Yeats (around 40cm x 50cm).

The burglary took place on the evening of Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

It wasn't until Thursday, October 23, that the theft came to light when a neighbour of the Donard home realised the house had been broken into.

Gardai believe the paintings were the sole target of the criminals involved as no other items from the house were stolen.

A Garda spokesperson had said: 'the paintings are extremely valuable and would be very well-known, both in Ireland and in worldwide terms. This would make them difficult enough to move on. Any art expert worth their salt would recognise the paintings immediately. We suspect the culprits knew the paintings were located at the house as nothing else was stolen.'

Once gardaí arrived at the house, the scene of the burglary was preserved and a technical examination was completed.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who can assist with the investigation or who may have come into contact with these paintings to contact Baltinglass Garda Station on (059) 6482610, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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