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'Ugly woman' painting mystery is unravelled
THE MYSTERY behind a package, which contained a 200 year-old painting of an “ugly woman”, has been solved.
Keith Webb, from Quarry Road in Winchester, received the parcel from an unknown source on Wednesday (October 2).
Now following widespread publicity members of his family were able to identify it.
Mr Webb, 82, said: “The picture used to hang in my late uncle’s house until it was passed to my brother who then had it at his home in Beaulieu. It was recognised by my cousin’s wife and their daughters.”
Mr Webb’s cousin, Don, and his wife, Alison, recall their daughters, Gillian and Jennie, sleeping in the same room as the painting at Mr Webb’s late uncle’s house. The picture is understood to have hung in Charles Webb’s bedroom where the girls slept.
“They remember how the eyes used to follow them around the room like Mona Lisa,” said Mr Webb. “My wife won’t have it in the house at all! It’s currently facing the wall in the garage.”
The portrait is believed to be Mr Webb’s great, great, great grandmother.
“We believe she was on the Bigford side of the family,” he said. “Whether she was a Bigford or married into it I don’t know. I’ve got to go in the record office and see what we can trace.
“The family is coming at Christmas so we’ll decide what we want to do with it,” he said. “It’s unfair to sell it if one of the younger generation decides they want it.”
Mr Webb spoke of his surprise at the level of interest in his story which has featured in both national and international news.
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