On closer inspection the picture above proved to be a print, fixed on a larger buff coloured mount. On the mount below the picture was printed:
A Pytchley Double Oxer’
In small letters on the left below the picture was printed ‘Painted by Cecil Aldin.’ On the right was printed ‘’Published by Richard Wyman & Co, Ltd, 16 Bedford Street, Strand, London, W.C. 2.’ On the bottom right hand corner of the print the artist had signed it ‘Cecil.’ I don't think there is any doubt that the original of this picture was painted by the British artist and illustrator Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin 1879-1935. I immediately bought the picture for thirty Euros without haggling to the surprise of the seller.
I now had a problem as there was no way I was going to get this glazed picture frame in my luggage and safely home by air. I took it back to our holiday apartment and removed the print from the frame. In the back of the frame acting as packing was a copy of the the French newspaper ‘Le Patriote de Nice et du Sud-Est,’ dated 27 September 1958. I now knew the frame was not contemporary with the print so I threw it away and was able to get the print safely tucked into my luggage with no risk of smashed glass creating havoc on the way home.