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A further, rather more elaborate scene in a blacksmith’s shop is on folio 59 of the sketchbook (D06584; Turner Bequest C 54). Turner had exhibited A Country Blacksmith Disputing upon the Price of Iron, and the Price Charged to the Butcher for Shoeing his Poney (Tate N00478)1 at the 1807 Royal Academy, so the subject, and its intended competition with the rustic narratives painted by David Wilkie, must have been fresh in his mind later in the year on his way to or from Portsmouth. The scenes of rural life in this sketchbook could also have been used for Wilkie-like pictures.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.52–3 no.68 (pl.78).