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As you can see from the enclosed documents and photos, this is a painting which probably has some history [it is marked for Frans/z de Paula Ferg, 1689-1740, on the back and is approximately 12 x 9in/30.5 x 23cm].

I have spent some time contacting organisations to locate the owner but to no avail.

I think that the painting may belong to one of the Cambridge colleges which, at the time, may not have kept accurate records of their pictures and, as a result, were not aware of the loss.

The picture was handed into the local police station shortly after I found it, but no one claimed it and the police returned it to me. The painting has since been restored by me at the university’s restoration facility.

I would be so pleased to find the rightful owner and wondered whether your readers might be able to help as it appeals to a very wide audience. Many thanks for any help you can give me.

John Lee

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