browser icon
You are using an insecure version of your web browser. Please update your browser!
Using an outdated browser makes your computer unsafe. For a safer, faster, more enjoyable user experience, please update your browser today or try a newer browser.

The Iron Forge by Joseph Wright of Derby 1772

Posted by on July 28, 2015

The iron forge by Joseph WrightJoseph Wright of Derby(1734-1797)

Detail: blacksmith, forge, drop hammer, workmen, child, striped waistcoat, basket, dog, tongs, iron bar, brick work, beams,  workshop

One Response to The Iron Forge by Joseph Wright of Derby 1772

  1. Morgan Gardner

    Whoa! How impervious this family seems to what is about to happen when the drop hammer falls on white hot iron! This painting is a wonderful study of middling-class working people, very much at home and at peace in surroundings that seem incredibly dangerous. Reminds me of William Blake: “…and was Jerusalem builded here, among those dark, satanic mills?” Wonderful detail. Haunting composition. No wonder we love the 18th Century so much. Thanks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *