UK dealers and auction houses have been alerted to the theft of six oil paintings by Evie Hone from a church in Ireland.
The Irish police - Gardai - in Athenry, Co
Galway, confirmed they are investigating the removal of six
Stations of the Cross paintings from St Peter's and Paul's
Church in Kiltulla. The theft was discovered on June 21.
The Irish Times reported that the
paintings were among 14 gouache studies commissioned in 1945-46 by
a private benefactor for the church.
Their report added: "The six
Stations - three from either side of the cruciform-shaped
church - were reported missing by local priest Martin McNamara. He
made the discovery on Saturday night [June 21] when he was locking
A key to a side door had gone missing a week
earlier and it seems the thieves simply walked into the building
and removed the unsecured paintings. The remaining works by the
artist have been removed for safe keeping.
ATG was alerted to the theft by Ian Whyte of
Whyte's, the Dublin auction house who sold 14 watercolour designs
for this exact set for €42,000 in 2005.
Anyone with information should contact Athenry Garda Station on
091-844016, or Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.
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