Eric Hebborn was the most successful art forger this century. By his own account he passed off some 1, paintings and drawings. The story of one of the most prolific art forgers of the 20th Century. Eric Hebborn, Self: Omnibus. Eric Hebborn was born in in South Kensington, London, England. He died on January 11, in Rome, Italy.

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October 251: Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month. Returns to London and hired by art restorer George Aczel, who teaches him how to enhance paintings eroc add dubious signatures. In the Shadow of an Old Master. Hebborn had been working on the manuscript, titled The Language of Line, when he was found dead in a Roman street in after suffering a severe blow to the head.

In Hebborn admitted to a number of forgeries — and feeling as though he had done nothing wrong, he used the press generated by erric confession to denigrate the art world.

He suspects that, long after being unmasked, Hebborn was still producing forgeries. During this period, Hebborn went on record to state that Sir Anthony Nebborn and he had never been lovers. Instead, as his exquisite drawing skills were belittled by the midth century art market, Hebborn became profoundly critical of the prevailing style of modernism and contemptuous of art dealers and experts.

Hebborn returned to London where he was hired by art restorer George Aczel. Using period application methods involving oak gall an ink hebborb from vegetable sourcescombined with his vintage paper, his forgeries became virtually undetectable through forensic analysis.


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He then researched noted artists whose dates etic production fit the age of the paper. A talented painter in his own right he became disillusioned with the art world and enjoyed fooling the experts.

The manual appears to be a treatise on drawing. Art Van Dyck news. Two oak galls in a beaker and a jar of iron II sulfate, ingredients of iron gall ink.

Oberhuber noticed that two drawings had been executed on the same kind of paper. Want to read more?

Eric Hebborn – Forger Extraordinary

Accessibility Links Skip to content. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Start your free trial. World War II Collection. He died in hospital on 11 January In a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Konrad Oberhuberwas examining a pair of drawings he had purchased for the museum from Colnaghian established and reputable old-master dealer in London: Read the full article.

It was his period papers that ultimately led to his exposure. The provenance of many artworks attributed to Hebborn, including some which are alleged to hang in renowned collections, continues to be debated. Can you love a fake piece of art? Events from history when animals took centre stage Animals Who Made History: Thu 29 Nov Will Korner of ALR said: A documentary film Eric Hebborn: Archive — Witness The story of our times told by the people who were there.

Recent cases suggest that the age of individual master-forgers is to be replaced by mass-production of fakes for sale online from China and elsewhere. Lives with a foster family in Maldon, England. Despite winning prizes as a student at the Royal Academy Schools, Hebborn later failed to find recognition as an artist in his own right.


When he took the drawings out of their frames and held them together, they looked like they had been executed on different sections of the same old paper—the striations, or chain marks, lined up and ran evenly through both drawings Fig. It was on some of these blank, but old, pieces of paper that Eric made his first forgeries. Eric Hebborn was born in South KensingtonLondon in See all episodes from Witness. The intrigue surrounding a master forger of the art world has deepened and the nerves of museum directors are jangling after a mystery bidder bought a manuscript that could reveal that dozens of galleries around the world are hanging fake masterpieces.

According to his autobiography, his mother beat him constantly as a child.

Mystery bidder buys the forger Eric Hebborn’s key to fakes in top museums

On one page he offers a side-by-side comparison of his forgeries of Henri Leroy by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and the authentic drawing, hebborh “art experts” to tell them apart. Hebborn also claimed that some of the works that had been proven genuine were actually his uebborn. Since the drawings were supposed to be by artists hundreds of miles and a century apart, it would have been impossible for both artists to have the same paper.

During his employ he was instructed not only to restore paintings, but to alter them and improve them. Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more.