A number of weeks ago we published details of portraits which we had found in the attic of Clifton House.  They were painted by Tobias Everard Spence who was a member of the Belfast Charitable Society and served as its President for a number of years.  We have been busy collating the names which were given to us by members of the public and checking out details within our archive.  Today we were delighted to be able to reunite one of the portraits.

William McMurty came to Clifton House on 23rd April 1953.  He was listed as a linen trader from Islandmagee on his admission form.  William had family living in East Belfast and his nephew, Allen Sinton, remembers him coming to the family home for Sunday dinner.  Allen saw the portraits on BBC Newsline and went online to view all 27 paintings.  The first one which popped up on his screen was Uncle William.  Allen contacted us at Clifton House and came from Derry to view the portrait today.

Allen was presented with the painting by the Chief Executive of the Belfast Charitable Society, Paula Reynolds.  Allen was absolutely delighted to be reunited with the portrait.  We intend to continue the search for relatives.  Have a look at our Facebook page @CliftonHouseBelfast to see the full listing of portraits.  Let us know if you think you can identify any of them.