Dror Wahrman: 18th-century fakery, 6 June 2002
Show More The Perreaus and Mrs Rudd: Forgery and Betrayal in 18th-Century London by Donna Andrew and Randall McGowen.
California, 346 pp., £24.95, November 2001, 0 520 22062 5Show More
The Smart: The True Story of Margaret Caroline Rudd and the Unfortunate Perreau Brothers by Sarah Bakewell.
Chatto, 321 pp., £17.99, April 2001, 9780701171094Show More
“... being played by Barbara Stanwyck or Joan Crawford. (Or, judging from the picture on the cover of Sarah Bakewell’s book, Veronica Lake. Except that it isn’t of Mrs Rudd – a publishing imposture to follow on the heels of so many other impostures in this story.) The supporting characters include a tight-fisted, thin-skinned and ill-tempered admiral ...”