Joseph Mallord William Turner A Country Blacksmith Disputing upon the Price of Iron, and the Price Charged to the Butcher for Shoeing his Poney exhibited 1807

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Artist
Title
A Country Blacksmith Disputing upon the Price of Iron, and the Price Charged to the Butcher for Shoeing his Poney
Date Exhibited 1807
Medium Oil paint on mahogany
Dimensions Support: 549 x 778 mm
frame: 930 x 1148 x 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00478

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Turner was always ambitious to compete with fellow artists in all areas of art. The ecstatic reception given to the first painting David Wilkie showed at the Royal Academy, in 1806, encouraged Turner to show his skill at painting scenes of everyday life. He exhibited this picture at the Academy in the following year, where it hung next to Wilkie’s The Blind Fiddler, shown to the left.

Opinion was divided about who came off better in this competition. One observer said that Wilkie’s painting was ‘flung into eclipse’ by the brighter colouring of Turner’s work.

September 2004

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