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.
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?
It looks to me like the girls’ gazes are fixed on something, perhaps a kitten, or another dog.
Great painting! I feel people truly underestimate the importance of the iron age.
“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.” ~ http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/jom/0706/byko-0706.html
Shedding a Light on 18th Century Science:
The Works of Joseph Wright of Derby
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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