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deattribute

(ˌdiːəˈtrɪbjuːt)
vb (tr)
(Art Terms) to withdraw the initial ascription of (a work of art)
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For a long time, scholars have assumed a connection between Defoe and Applebee, as Arthur Sherbo points out in his ODNB entry on the bookseller, because Applebee "printed four pamphlets for Defoe: two accounts of the robber John Sheppard (both in 1724), a life of the notorious criminal Jonathan Wild (1725), and another of the pirate John Gow (1725)." This would make Applebee a potentially authoritative source for Defoe--except that those four anonymous pamphlets are all expunged from the canon in Defoe DeAttributions (a fact of which Sherbo was evidently unaware when he wrote his account).
McCormick's unfamiliarity with the literature of architectural history is shown by his use of the 1954 edition of Colvin's Biographical Dictionary, superseded by the 1978 edition in which deattributions from Vanbrugh, as Hawkmoor's increasing role in their partnership was recognized, were summarized.