Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Interior of a Blacksmith’s Forge with a Vehicle Outside

c.1807

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 69 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08290
Turner Bequest CXXII 5

Catalogue entry

This view of a forge and its equipment includes an anvil in the foreground, its conical horn pointing to the left. Beyond is the silhouette of a figure, and large round outlines which appear to be the wheels of a cart or carriage standing outside the building. There is a view from the opposite direction on folio 4 recto (D08288). As noted under folio 8 recto (D08295), the studies may relate to the painting A Country Blacksmith Disputing upon the Price of Iron, and the Price Charged to the Butcher for Shoeing his Poney, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1807 (Tate N00478).1
1
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 (colour).
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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