I was sorting through some images and came across this picture by Joseph Wright of Derby. It would have been pertinent to my earlier post Back Spring Locks, but it unfortunately missed the boat.

However, I find it such an absorbing image; I felt I should share it now. I can almost feel the heat from the white hot iron on my face!

Joseph Wright, An Iron Forge, c.1772.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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6 Responses to Forging

  1. Tico Vogt says:

    It is an intriguing painting. It appears that the girls have their eyes on something in the room they are concerned about, or are they just protecting their eyes from the blinding hot light?


  2. Ron says:

    Great painting! I feel people truly underestimate the importance of the iron age.


  3. Tico Vogt says:

    “An Iron Forge (Joseph Wright of Derby, 1772) This work, painted after The Blacksmith’s Shop, shows a more mechanized process, with a hammer doing the work as the smith stands in the background, arms folded.” ~
    Shedding a Light on 18th Century Science:
    The Works of Joseph Wright of Derby


    • Jack Plane says:

      I tend to imagine the smith is in charge of the forging operation and the man standing back with his arms folded is either his son (with wife and children), or an apprentice/journeyman.



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