John S. Dellandrea

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The Great Canadian Art Fraud Case

The Group of Seven & Tom Thomson Forgeries

In May 2016, Jon S. Dellandrea came into possession of a box of the last effects of an obscure artist, William Firth MacGregor. The contents of the box chronicled a major, and long forgotten, … 192 View
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Cast of Characters & Introduction

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Introduction by the author and a list people involved throughout the book. 15 $1.50 Add
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Chapter 1 : The Box

Part One: An Art History Mystery

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The author details the start of his research by finding a box with papers, notebooks, poems, and essay once belonging to one of the main subjects and artists of the book, William Firth MacGregor. 14 $1.40 Add
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Chapter 2: A National Mystery, 1962

Part One: An Art History Mystery

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In 1962 the Canadian art market is flooded with forgeries of Group of Seven paintings available at auction causing concern from police, art critics and the public. 14 $1.40 Add
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Chapter 3: The Search For Truth, 1962-63

Part One: An Art History Mystery

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James Erskine begins to investigate and collect evidence into art forgeries being sold, discovering that art collectors were fraudulently selling an artists work as paintings from the Group of Seven. 14 $1.40 Add
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Chapter 4: Portrait of a Scottish Artist, 1896-1979

Part Two: MacGregor's Ghost

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The details of William Firth MacGregor’s early life and career. 10 $1.00 Add
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Chapter 5: The Shadow Artist

Part Two: MacGregor's Ghost

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This chapter discuses the decline of William Firth MacGregor’s career and his hiatus between 1950-1960 10 $1.00 Add
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Chapter 6: The Preliminary Inquiry Begins

Part Three: High Theatre In the Lower Courts

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This chapter covers the first day of the inquiry of Leslie W. Lewis and Neil Sharkey’s fraud. Included in this chapter is witness testimony and further evidence, Leslie W. Lewis and Neil … 18 $1.80 Add
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Chapter 7: The Cross-Examination of A Canadian Icon

Part Three: High Theatre In the Lower Courts

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In this chapter the Group of Seven member, A.Y. Jackson, testifies during the trial. 8 $0.80 Add
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Chapter 8: The Chambers Collection

Part Three: High Theatre In the Lower Courts

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This chapter details the second day of the inquiry and the collection of Gordon Chambers, a key collection of evidence. 18 $1.80 Add
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Chapter 9: Authentic Opinions

Part Three: High Theatre In the Lower Courts

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This chapter discusses the third day of the trail as experts, Group of Seven members, and other witnesses called to testify. 12 $1.20 Add
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Chapter 10: William Firth MacGregor and the End of the Inquiry

Part Three: High Theatre In the Lower Courts

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In this chapter the inquiry concludes with the testimony of William MacGregor and his unintentional involvement in the fraudulent Group of Seven paintings being sold. 10 $1.00 Add
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Chapter 11: Where are the Fakes , Chapter Twelve: Caveat Emptor

Part Four: A Curious Legacy

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The author discusses his research on the whereabouts of the fake paintings as well as his research and conversations with key figures in the case who are still alive. 16 $1.60 Add
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Chapter 12: Caveat Emptor

Part Four: A Curious Legacy

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The author concludes the art fraud case that took place in 1962-1964. The lasting impacts of this high profile case on the secondary Canadian art market is also discussed. 3 $0.30 Add