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An oil painting entitled Canal at Chiswick is back with its rightful owners after it was stolen almost twenty years ago.

The work by artist Robert Standish-Sweeney, which was stolen in 1992 from a library in Dorset, was found on eBay.

Secretary of the Standish-Sweeney Collection Trust Elizabeth Goodsell spotted the painting worth around £1,000 on the auction website with a staring bid of £95.

She reported her findings to the Police who tracked down the seller who claimed to have bought the painting in good faith at a house sale for £30.

Weymouth Library bought the painting back for the same sum and it is now on show again as part of the collection.

Mrs Goodsell told Dorset Echo: “This was the only painting we ever had stolen so to get it back is wonderful.

"It’s part of a collection of 200 Standish-Sweeney paintings and it belongs in this area.”


January 6, 2011

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