A History of Art Forgery

Curiously, but perhaps not surprisingly, a copy by a famous name will cost more than the original work by another artist who is less well known. In 1976, a sale at Christie’s proved this point beyond doubt, even though van de Velde was hardly a minor name, and of whom Turner himself was in awe.

Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633-1707), Approaching Storm, oil on canvas,
sold at Christie’s, London in 1976 for £65,000.

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), Approaching Storm, in the manner of
Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633-1707), oil on canvas, sold
at Christie’s London in 1976 for £340,000.

Hebborn, Eric. The Art Forgers Handbook.Woodstock, New York: the Overlook Press 1997. ISBN: 0-87951-767-0.

Despite the greatness of his own works, Delacroix’s copies of Rubens and Raphael number somewhere in the region of a hundred.

ABOVE LEFT: Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), central panel of The Descent from the Cross, oil on panel, Kathedral van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw, Antwerp.

ABOVE RIGHT: Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) Sketch for Descent from the Cross, after Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), pen and brown ink on paper, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

From The Art Forger’s Handbook by Eric Hebborn,Woodstock, NY: The Overlook Press 1997, ©Archaeus Fine Art, London, 1997.

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Special thanks to people without whom this exhibition would not have been possible: Thea Eichler, NRCA; Billie Tucker, New Rochelle Library; Ivar Hyden, Backstreet Gallery and all the contributing artists.

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Fabulous Fakes and A History of Art Forgery © J. L. Dolice, 2001, 2003.

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