Round tower painting attracts bids after chairman’s detective work

A mystery water colour painting of a round tower church has been successfully identified by “art detective” Stuart Bowell.

It has been given to the Society and offers are now invited for this charming painting.

When the Society’s chairman received a letter from Heather Martin in early September, he sprang into action. Her late father, Yorkshire man Reg Samson, had visited Suffolk in 1995.

On that occasion, he had painted a round tower church, which was  framed and labelled, “Middleton, Suffolk.”

However, when Mr Bowell looked at the painting, he thought it was St Peter, Theberton and not Holy Trinity, Middleton, just 1.7 miles away.

A few days later Mr and Mrs Marvin delivered the framed painting, which measures 16ins by 10ins to Mr Bowell. Then they visited Theberton and identified the place near Ivy Cottages where her father had been painting.

Several offers have been made for Reg Samson’s framed painting of St Peter, Theberton, by January 15, 2022. Sealed bids, please to the chairman –

UK postage/ delivery is included. There is a £30 reserve.

St Peter, Theberton 1995. Frame 21ins by 16 ins, watercolour 16ins by 10ins. Reg Samson 1920 to 2016.