An elderly Winchester couple have been left baffled after a 300-year-old portrait of an “ugly” woman in a white headscarf was posted to them with no explanation.
Keith Webb, 82, said the parcel was addressed to him at his home in Winchester, Hampshire, and was a complete mystery.
Mr Webb said that his wife had felt threatened by the painting and “did not want it in the house”.
“My wife thought it looked rather evil and she said ‘I do not want that in the house’ so in the garage it goes,” he said.
Parcelforce told Mr Webb that the painting had been posted from a W H Smith store.
Both Parcelforce and the Royal Mail have not been able to determine who the sender is.
I say we all make up our own story behind this painting. Have a go!
To me she looks more sad than ugly. Her eyes are sorrowful, not mean. I think her cat died and now she is all alone.
UPDATE: (6-Oct-2013) Some answers are starting to fall into place.
The package may have belonged to Mr Webb’s late uncle.
‘I believe it’s a portrait of my great, great grandmother,’ Mr Webb, 82, said.
‘Alison, my late cousin’s wife in Perth, Western Australia saw the initial story about Sue and I being sent the picture and solved the mystery.
‘She remembered staying with my uncle, Charles Webb, in Winchester in the 1970s and that the painting used to hang on his bedroom wall.’
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