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
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
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).

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 23 June 2024.