Mystery of creepy painting solved

Mrs and Mrs Webb, a couple in England, were mailed this curiously sinister portrait. No return address, cover letter or other information accompanied the plain but very strange painting, whose subject was described by Mrs Webb as "a horrible old crone." Turns out that it's probably a rendering of Mr. Webb's great, great grandmother. [BBC]

P.S. Speaking of plain but menacing paintings, it appears that we've never covered The Hands Resist Him here at Boing Boing!

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  1. What an entertaining prank this would be to pull — paint a person as an old creep and anonymously mail it to them. Anyone who's read The Picture of Dorian Gray couldn't bring themselves to throw it away, so they'd have this creepy old painting in their house for the rest of their life.

  2. IMB says:

    I don't see the painting as creepy. It just appears to be an old woman without teeth. The circumstances in receiving it were odd/creepy.

  3. Ethel says:

    When we cherish the Crones for the value they bring to humanity once more, we will have peace. Grandmothers are valuable, bring them in.

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