A History of Art Forgery

Copies are not necessarily inferior to the originals. Turner was so proud of his version of one of Claude’s great masterpieces that he left it to the English Nation on condition that it should be hung in the National Gallery next to the Claude original.

Dido Building Carthage by J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851),
oil on canvas, National Gallery, London.

Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba, oil on canvas by Claude Lorraine, National Gallery, London.

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

Even the great master Peter Paul Rubens resorted to copying and reworking compositions and works created by others, years before his time

Perseus Disarming, and The Origin of Coral is a composition by Giulio Romano,
who lived c. 1499-1546, and who probably created it while at the Ducal
palace at Mantua.

This copy was originally an undistinguished replication of the original,
but was supplemented with extensive additions and coloring by
Rubens during his lifetime (1577-1640).

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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.

Additional information about the availability of Fabulous Fakes, the History of Art Forgery or any of the works in the exhibition may be obtained by contacting The New Rochelle Council on The Arts by email or by calling 212-529-2025. More information on the NRCA can be found by connecting to the internet and clicking here.


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

All images in this presentation may not be copied, stored in any electronic retrieval device or used in any way without permission in writing. ISBN 0-935901-51-5.

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