Fakes, Forgeries & Facsimiles: Can you spot the fake?
CAN YOU SPOT THE
Can you detect a faked
work of art, a forged document, or a recent facsimile of a sixteenth-century
printed page? Even experts able to handle the items can be fooled.
Below are two examples from the exhibition.
Reynolds, David Garrick, ca. 1770.
Pen and ink wash on paper... or is it? ©
Although the picture
on the left looks like an original drawing at first glance, it is
actually an ink-covered photograph of a painting. A dishonest dealer
put it in an elaborate frame and sold it as a genuine life-portrait
of the actor, David Garrick. Close examination reveals a photographic
emulsion under the ink, and a too-perfect resemblance to a finished
painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
by the Folger Library in 1938 with volumes from the collection
of Sir Robert Leicester Harmsworth, the book on the right had
previously been owned by another English book collector, Henry
Huth. Its binding is signed by J. Mackenzie, who was active in
the 1840s. One of the leaves shown here is a facsimile, probably
produced from an etched plate at the time that Mackenzie bound
the volume. Can you tell which leaf is the original? Move the
cursor over the image to see if you're right.
Boemus, The fardle of facions conteining the aunciente maner,
customes, and lawes, of the people enhabiting the two partes of
the earth, called Affrike and Asie. London: by Jhon Kingstone,
and Henry Sutton, 1555. ©
Fakes, Forgeries &
Facsimiles Exhibition Highlights
Can you spot the fake? | Original copies | Facsimile "witchery" | Famous owners? | False imprints | The Headless Horseman | William Henry Ireland | John Payne Collier | Shakespeare's Mulberry Tree |
Exhibition Intro | Visiting
This page updated January 26, 2004