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        Title Page for 'An enquiry into the authenticity of the poems ascribed to Ossian' by William Shaw, published 1781

        English School, (18th century). Medium: printed paper. Date: 1781. William Shaw (1749-1831); Ossian is the narrator and supposed author of a cycle of poems which the Scottish poet James Macpherson (1736-96) claimed to have translated from ancient sources in the Scots Gaelic; Many doubted the authenticity of the poems, and that is the subject of this book by William Shaw; Published by J. Murray; Provenance: Private Collection.

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