Myself and fellow Angus Alliance Councillors have clubbed together to provide a £1000 reward for information leading to the safe return of this painting:
It was painted by James Quinn ROI who was a well known and admired portrait painter and official war artist and it was donated to Arbroath Art Gallery around 1936, but was stored in a local art centre for safe keeping during the war. Although it remained on the council insurance lists until the 1970's, the painting has dissappeared. In a strange twist to the tale, the original frame has turned up (though in poor condition). It seems quite a lot of stuff went missing over the years, but we don't have good enough descriptions of the items to positively identify them. The painting is about the only thing we have a photograph of.
Arbroath folk tend to have long memories about things and lets just say there are a few rumours doing the rounds about what happened to these items, but nothing definitive. Perhaps the lure of a grand may make someone remember things?