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Glasgow stolen art recovered

NPG D3871, Samuel PeploeIt’s unlucky for some art thieves. Three valuable artworks, worth over £200,000, out of a total of thirteen that had gone missing in the 1990s, from various locations in and around Glasgow, including storehouses at council-owned Kelvingrove, the Museum of Transport and a site in Maryhill, have been found by police.

Eagle-eyed experts at the Kelvingrove gallery alerted police when they saw the first exhibit, ‘Wooded Landscape With Figures’ being offered for sale by established Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull, who quickly took action and removed it from their sale.

A second, ‘Landscape’, by Scottish colourist  Samuel John Peploe, was sold by the same source to Glasgow art dealer Ewan Munday, and was recovered by police on 21 December.

A third, ‘The Infant Christ’ by Italian Renaissance artist Federico Barocci was recovered from the seller’s home.  Another, as yet unnamed auction house is also implicated in the thefts, another ten artworks that could be worth millions, including ‘ Salmon Fishers, Carnoustie’, by Kintyre-born William McTaggart, are still missing.

The story has only just come to light after more than ten years, as it was feared that otherwise the works would be sold on the black market and never recovered. Yesterday, a Ewan Munday Galleries spokesperson said, “The Peploe work came into our hands from an auction.”

A spokesman from Glasgow Life, which runs the city’s museums and galleries, commented, “We’re very grateful for the work of the police in bringing these paintings home.”

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