The story about Vermeer's "Woman writing a letter, with her maid"
Than part of the collection Sedelmeyers Six years later it was bought by Alfred Beit from London, who bequeathed it to Sir Otto Beit. 1930 came the now bequeathed to Sir Alfred Beit image by Russborough House in County Wicklow, Ireland. 1987 was passed after the spectacular art robbery in Russborough House at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, where it is now on display in a permanent exhibition in the Beit Wing.
The art of Jan Vermeer van Delft robbery "Woman writing a letter, with her maid"
In 1986, Russborough House was attacked of Martin Cahill, the former underworld boss of Dublin with 12 other accomplices. They stole 18 paintings, including works by Vermeer, Metsu, Goya, Gainsborough and Rubens . Martin Cahill was shot dead on 18 August 1994 by the IRA.
On 26 June 2001, the Russborough House was again the scene for an art robbery. This time, several masked men drove with a jeep-like car against the front door and entered the house. After they stole 16 priceless paintings, they set a fire to their car and demanded a motorist to give them his car. When he refused, they fled on foot.
Because of the danger of another art theft a part of the Beit Collection from the Russborough House at the National Gallery in Dublin was passed. This is where most art works of the old masters can be seen in the permanent exhibition in a specially created room, the Beit Wing.