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Stolen Spencer painting found under drug dealer's bed

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The painting's owners had been "devastated" by its loss
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'Happy ending'
Arts Minister Michael Ellis said: "Spencer is one our most renowned painters and a true great of the 20th Century.
"It is wonderful that this story has had a happy ending and the painting has been returned to its rightful owners."
Sir Stanley Spencer pictured in his Cookham studio in 1932
Det Con Sophie Hayes, of the Metropolitan Police's art and antiques unit, said: "The circumstances of its recovery underline the links between cultural heritage crime and wider criminality."Sir Stanley, who died in 1959 - the same year he was knighted, often used Cookham, where he was born, as inspiration for his work during his 45-year career.The Stanley Spencer Gallery described him as "undoubtedly one of our greatest British artists".
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