J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Interior of a Blacksmith's Forge with a Vehicle Outside c.1807

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Recto:
The Interior of a Blacksmith’s Forge with a Vehicle Outside c.1807
D08290
Turner Bequest CXXII 5
Pencil on white wove paper, 69 x 112 mm
Part watermark ‘E & | 18’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘5’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXII – 5’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Interior of a Blacksmith’s Forge with a Vehicle Outside c.1807 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-interior-of-a-blacksmiths-forge-with-a-vehicle-outside-r1147766, accessed 26 March 2019.