Stolen Wicklow paintings worth up to €200,000 recovered

Three valuable paintings that were stolen from a house in Wicklow last year have been recovered, after a man cutting a hedge found them discarded in a black bag.

Stolen Wicklow paintings worth up to €200,000 recovered

The works — Paul Henry’s Landscape with Cottage, Portrait of a Lady by John Lavery, and Jack B Yeats’ The Fern in the Area — were stolen on October 22 last year in a burglary at a house in Donard, Co Wicklow.

Yesterday, gardaí confirmed all three paintings had been recovered. No arrests were made and gardaí say that their investigations are continuing.

The paintings were found yesterday by a man who was cutting the hedge of a field adjacent to his holiday home in Wicklow .

He recognised one of the paintings and subsequently alerted Baltinglass gardaí to the find. The paintings have been transferred to Garda Headquarters in Dublin for forensic analysis.

Valuations of the three paintings estimate that their combined worth could be anywhere from €150,000 to €200,000.

Paul Henry, who died in 1958, was Belfast-born and educated in Paris. He is best known for works depicting the Irish landscape.

John Lavery was also born in Belfast and also studied in Paris. He painted a portrait of wife Hazel as a personification of Ireland, which was used on Irish banknotes as an image and watermark. He died in 1941.

Jack B Yeats, brother of poet WB Yeats, was born in London and grew up in Sligo. He is Ireland’s first Olympic medallist, winning silver at the 1924 Olympics in Paris for painting The Liffey Swim.

Contact Baltinglass Garda Station on 059 6482610, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. or any Garda station.

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