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Views in Wales: Second set / The Iron Forge between Dolgelli and Barmouth in Merioneth Shire

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1854,0812.216

  • Title (object)

    • The Iron Forge between Dolgelli and Barmouth in Merioneth Shire

    Title (series)

    • Views in Wales: Second set
  • Description

    Plate 6; landscape with a forge in the right foreground beside a stream running between hills, powered by a water-wheel, smoke gushing from a tall brick chimney, with a cat chasing pigeons across the roof and a man showing another the interior, seen through the open doorway as a third man leaves pulling a barrow behind him; with engraver's name, plate number and publication line. 1776
    Etching and aquatint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1776
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 237 millimetres
    • Width: 314 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image with the title and 'P. Sandby Fecit. / Publish'd according to Act of Parliament by P. Sandby St. Georges Row, Sepr. 1st. 1776' and numbered in upper left corner' No. 6.
  • Curator's comments

    See 1904,0819.635 and 1864,0213.68
    For a related drawing, see 1904,0819.21 and Robertson cat. no. 95, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (36.8.32): 'a preparatory drawing, in reverse, for a later reworking of the aquatint in Sandby's second Welsh set': the former shows a forge with two wheels and on the left, though with the water flowing in the same direction, with a gentleman and his dog in the right foreground; the latter may therefore be closer to the aquatint.
    According to Robertson, cat. no. 94, the forge represented is probably one owned by Abraham Darby of Coalbrookdale, at Dolgun. It's inclusion in the set may may reflect Sir Watkin's commercial interests: his father had begun mining coal seams at Ruabon near Wynnstay, in 1715 (he quotes A.H. Dodd, 'The Industrial Revolution in North Wales', 3rd ed., Cardiff, 1971, 23).

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  • Bibliography

    • Gunn 2015 219 bibliographic details
    • Abbey Scenery 511.18 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1985 Apr-Jun, New Haven, Yale Center for Brit Art, Sandby
    1989 Mar-Jun, Paris, Grand Palais, 'La Revolution Francaise'

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1854

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1854,0812.216

Plate 6; landscape with a forge in the right foreground beside a stream running between hills, powered by a water-wheel, smoke gushing from a tall brick chimney, with a cat chasing pigeons across the roof and a man showing another the interior, seen through the open doorway as a third man leaves pulling a barrow behind him; with engraver's name, plate number and publication line.  1776  Etching and aquatint

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Plate 6; landscape with a forge in the right foreground beside a stream running between hills, powered by a water-wheel, smoke gushing from a tall brick chimney, with a cat chasing pigeons across the roof and a man showing another the interior, seen through the open doorway as a third man leaves pulling a barrow behind him; with engraver's name, plate number and publication line. 1776 Etching and aquatint

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