This had such a naive charm about it that I had to have it. It always looked like an amateur effort and was not surprised that I was able to trace any details about the artist. The general feel of the picture would suggest a 1930's date and the price of one guinea is almost the standard price seen on small works from this period.
But who was Miss Lydia Pickering and what was the WIAC ?
At the time I guessed that WIAC stood for the Womens Institute Art Club but could not find any certain evidence to confirm that. However the artist remains a mystery, her address, Te Whare, Groombridge do not seem to exist any more as it fails to come up on any director searches.
Any comments ?