Lecture by Dr Ralph McLean, National Library of Scotland
This talk examines the career of Alexander Howland Smith ‘Antique Smith’ who rose to notoriety in the 1890s through his forgeries of famous Scots such as Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, and Sir Walter Scott. By looking at the Society of Antiquaries extensive Smith collection this talk will investigate Smith’s techniques, provide examples of his forgeries, and relate his eventual discovery and downfall.
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