The Color of Fraud

April 10, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

In this fascinating piece about the “relabeling” of fine art to attract higher prices, a cover of the Atlantic Salmon Journal recently showed a painting that had been altered (and not by the magazine) to show the signature of John Whorf instead of the lesser-known but real artist watercolorist Henry McDaniel. “The Atlantic Salmon Journal cover painting, identified as Whorf’s ‘Fishing in the Rapids,’ had appeared with the caption ‘One of the beautiful unnamed pools’ in a spread of Henry McDaniel watercolors in the July 1957 issue of the Ford Times, a magazine published by the Ford Motor Co.” Carolyn Y. Johnson in The Boston Globe.