A couple have been left "mystified" after an oil painting of an "ugly" woman in a white headscarf was sent to them in the post with no explanation. The parcel was addressed to Keith Webb at his home in Winchester, Hampshire, and contained the unmarked portrait.
He said his wife Sue felt "threatened" by the image, which arrived on
Wednesday without an accompanying note, so they banished it to the garage. Royal Mail has been unable to tell the couple the identity of the sender. Mr Webb, 82, said: "My wife and I were mystified. I opened it up and there was
this extraordinary painting.
He added that none of his relatives had died recently so he did not think the
painting had been left to him in a will. Mr Webb also contacted Parcelforce, but all he was told was that the parcel
was sent from a WHSmith post office. He hopes the sender will come forward.
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"It [has] no artist's name on it and no title, but it is of this rather
unpleasant looking old lady with a hooked nose. It's a painting of such a horrid old crone - my wife won't have it in the
house." Mr Webb said he had taken it to a local auctioneers who told him it was
between 200 and 300 years old and worth about £200.