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TOM KEATING-OIL PAINTING-SUSSEX LANDSCAPE

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TOM KEATING-OIL PAINTING-SUSSEX LANDSCAPE

Tom Keating

 
1917 – 1984
 
Sussex landscape
 
Oil
Signed
Circa 1940
Stock Number: td010/aut10
Height: 10.5 ins / 26.67 cms
Width: 13.5 ins / 34.29 cms
Price: SOLD

TOM KEATING was an art restorer and famous art faker who claimed to have faked more than 2,000 paintings over 30 years. To-date some 200 Sexton Blakes (Keating’s Cockney rhyming slang for fakes) have been discovered, leaving some 1800 hidden in private collections around the world. Keating was a forger with a cause, perceiving the art trade to be rotten, he retaliated by creating forgeries to fool the experts, hoping to destabilize the system. Keating produced watercolours and oils by various European masters including Francois Boucher, Edgar Degas, Fragonard, Thomas Gainsborough, Samual Palmer, Amedeo Modigliani, Rembrandt, and Renoir. In 1970 auctioneers noticed that thirteen watercolours by Samuel Palmer were for sale, all depicting the same theme, the town of Shoreham. When an article appeared in The Times discussing the auctioneer’s suspicions Keating confessed they were his together with some 2000 other paintings in circulation, but he refused to list the forgeries. Keating was finally arrested in 1977 and accused of conspiracy to defraud. The case was dropped on account of his bad health. Keating rallied in the last two years before his death presenting television programs on the techniques of old masters for Channel 4.

Interestingly, whilst his forgeries can fetch a high sum, his originals still have quite low values, but are still by the same hand.

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