Have you ever been left a gift by a secret admirer? What if that gift wasn’t necessarily something you wanted, like, say, a painting of an “ugly woman” whose identity is as unknown as the gifter’s? That’s exactly what happened to English couple Keith and Sue Webb from Winchester, and they’re not all that pleased about it.
From BBC News:
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.Keith Webb does not want to keep the painting
“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.
Aw, that poor “horrid old crone” was probably a real person, and I doubt she’d take kindly to being called such a thing. Ha! I love the look of consternation on her face. You can tell that the subject of the painting doesn’t take any s**t in real life, and that makes me love it even more.
Speaking of which, anyone know how I can contact Keith Webb and buy this thing?
There’s a video at the BBC website, so be sure to check it out.