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A Fraud at Westminster Abbey?
Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather! I'd never heard of any of this!
By: Mike@A Bit About Britain on December 8, 2014
He may have burned through Europe, but there were no courses on him when i was in college, which tells his time came and went. That's typical of most frauds (and some of the unluckier who are not frauds).
By: mimi on December 8, 2014
I guess even talented people sometimes need a gimmick to be popular. Interesting and enlightening as always.
By: Cranky on December 8, 2014
Love this story, it is very interesting on many fronts!
By: John on December 8, 2014
ahead of his time - discovered a niche and filled it and prospered!
By: TexWisGirl on December 8, 2014
I knew none of this- who cares if he made it up- obviously he did a bang up job seeing how popular his work was. I am sending this off to our good friends who live not far from Inverness...home for the Loch Ness monster... another Scottish Fable! Cheers!
By: Kathe W. on December 8, 2014
Ah yes, Dr. Johnson. He was a thorn in the side of many, wasn't he. I was glad that I changed my major from English to Psychology. Just the same, John Donne was a rebel!
By: Michael Manning on December 8, 2014
Fraud or not, he was successful in being read. Mr Macpherson seems to have also been successful in knowing the audience and marketing to it. As you note, he's enjoyed an extended "15 minutes." Thanks for the neat history lesson and gorgeous art.
By: Tom Cochrun on December 8, 2014
...and you managed very well to tie some history and art together. Very interesting.
By: red on December 8, 2014
I agree with Tom Cochrun. This guy was brilliant to have captured and fooled so many. He certainly brightened the lives of many with his works. I think he earned his resting spot.
By: Akansas Patti on December 8, 2014
James has given me some ideas . . . Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on December 8, 2014
Sounds as if he lived in this day and age he would be a politician.
By: Rusty on December 8, 2014
Isn't it funny that most of the time people are called "frauds" and "impostors" when they copy someone else's work. James Macpherson did exactly the opposite!
By: Pixel Peeper on December 8, 2014
And artistic fraud continues to this day.
By: Catalyst on December 8, 2014
Fascinating story -- he was obviously a man ahead of his times!
By: Tom Sightings on December 8, 2014
Well, you know that old saying, "You cannot fool Dr. Samuel Johnson all of the time."
By: Val on December 8, 2014
Fraudsters and liars are plentiful through the ages. Scholars and critics as far as I'm concerned are in many instances guilty of the same. I know not of the name (James M.) in your post and often don't know of the names of other artists you write about. Nevertheless, I do enjoy reading about these characters.
By: Daniel LaFrance on December 8, 2014
Johnson was just jealous of MacPherson's fame!
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on December 8, 2014
Never heard of him but glad to know about him. I have MacPherson ancestors and am going to see if he is in my family. thanks for the history lesson.
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