19th century sketchbook stolen from library

Central Library on George IV Bridge
Central Library on George IV Bridge
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A 19TH-century sketchbook depicting iconic landmarks across the Capital has been stolen in broad daylight from a stairwell of the Central Library.

The pencil etchings by Henry R Westwood – valued at around £1000 – portray Edinburgh as seen in the 1890s and was raided from a display cabinet sometime between 2pm on Monday and 3.45pm on Tuesday.

Police Scotland has issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward.

PC Chris Smart said: “Henry R Westwood was an Edinburgh-born artist whose work was being showcased as part of a minor exhibition within the library.

“Although he was not particularly well known, library staff had hoped to generate awareness of his work and the sketchbook is of historical interest.

“Anyone who comes across this book or can help trace those responsible for its theft is asked to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.