Family reunited with St Albans mystery paintings

PUBLISHED: 12:53 28 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:03 06 May 2010

The paintings were discovered in the house in Verulam Road

The paintings were discovered in the house in Verulam Road

TWO mystery paintings have been reunited with their rightful owner thanks to an appeal in the Herts Advertiser. The unsigned portraits were discovered by Professor Geraint John at his former home of 30 years in Verulam Road, St Albans, when he and his wif

Mr Francis heard about their discovery through the Herts Advertiser

TWO mystery paintings have been reunited with their rightful owner thanks to an appeal in the Herts Advertiser.

The unsigned portraits were discovered by Professor Geraint John at his former home of 30 years in Verulam Road, St Albans, when he and his wife were preparing to move out.

The couple, who now live in Fishpool Street, had no contact with the previous occupants of the house and made an appeal in the Herts Advertiser for the owner of the paintings to come forward.

Bryan Francis, aged 59, then contacted the newspaper to say that he had grown up at the address with his four siblings and thought that the paintings belonged to his father Robert, who died 15 years ago.

The family moved from the address to Park Avenue in St Albans where Mr Francis' mother Sheila lived until her death around 14 months ago.

Mr Francis, who now lives in Pinner, said that his father and uncle did pottery in the outhouse and his father also ran various businesses around the city, including an antiques shop.

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