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In 2015, the Vancouver Art Gallery believed it had made a groundbreaking acquisition. Ten sketches by Group of Seven member J.E.H. MacDonald were unearthed in the mid-1970s and sold off. But experts in the Canadian art world weren’t convinced they were authentic. It wouldn’t be until late 2023 that the truth was finally revealed to the public.

Marsha Lederman is a columnist for The Globe and has been reporting on this artwork since the Vancouver Art Gallery first announced its acquisition nearly a decade ago. She’s on the show to talk about how the mystery was finally solved, and what it means for an art gallery to come clean.

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