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An illustrator is hoping to find the relatives of a woman whose photo he found under the floor of a Faversham pub.

Jason Cox has been fascinated by the black and white image since he got hold of it and recently transformed it into an impressive oil painting.

The tiny photo was first discovered under a floorboard during renovations of the Phoenix Tavern in 2010 and Jason believes it could have been taken any time from the 1940s.

Jason Cox with his oil painting of the old photograph.
Jason Cox with his oil painting of the old photograph.

Jason, who has a workshop in Creek Creative gallery, said: “I’m starting a campaign to find out who this woman is and in order to draw attention to this lady and hopefully discover her identity, I’ve done a life-sized portrait of her.

“Do you recognise this woman? Did your parents or grandparents drink in this pub?

“If she was a local woman it may be possible that her descendants are still living around here.”

Jason noticed while he was painting her that she has a very distinct feature – her mouth is narrower than her nose.

Illustrator Jason Cox discovered this photograph underneath the Phoenix pub floor boards and now he wants to know who she is.
Illustrator Jason Cox discovered this photograph underneath the Phoenix pub floor boards and now he wants to know who she is.

He believes this could be the clue to lead him to her identity as it may be a trait passed down to her children.

Jason said: “I think it’s probable that the snap fell out of someone’s wallet and slipped between the floorboards.

“I believe the photograph was taken in the 1940s or 1950s and judging by the condition of the snap it was lost not long after it was taken.

“Did you or anyone you know visit the Phoenix Tavern during or after the time it could have been taken?

“If so please get in touch so that we can at least eliminate you from our inquiries.

“For now we will call her Sophie (Phee for short) Nix.”

An unveiling of the picture will take place at the Phoenix Tavern in Abbey Street on Wednesday, November 2, at 7.30pm where there will be drinks and nibbles.

To read more of Jason’s blog and contact him, click here

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