Judas Unrepentant (7:17)

Cover of English Electric (Part One)

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This is the story of Tom Keating, the forger. Tom was an art restorer who eventually turned to forgery after failing to break into the art market. He was on a personal crusade to destabalise the art world by forging works to fool the experts. He deliberately planted clues in the works that would reveal them as forgeries. He also cunningly managed to falsify provenances for his forgeries.

However, in 1970 an article appeared in The Times concerning auctioneers’ suspicions about the provenance of thirteen water colours. Tom knew the game was up and handed himself in. He was eventually arrested and charged in 1977 but the case was dropped due to his deteriorating health. He died at the age of 66 and is buried in the churchyard of Dedham Parish Church.


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