A Blacksmith's Shop

A work made of mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1771

Artist:

Richard Earlom (British, 1743-1822)
after Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1734-1797)

About this artwork

Working with stunning speed, Richard Earlom produced 200 mezzotint landscapes after Claude Lorrain in three years and made this sizable plate less than three months after Joseph Wright of Derby completed the original painting. This impression is an early proof before letters, but the final published title boasted that “the Right Honorable Lord Melbourne” already owned the painting. He had bought it for 150 guineas directly from the artist’s studio, along with Wright’s Academy by Lamplight. The glow of the iron ingot on the central anvil is no less impressive in Earlom’s mezzotint rendition.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Richard Earlom

Title

A Blacksmith's Shop

Origin

England

Date

1771

Medium

Mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

612 × 434 mm (image); 620 × 440 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Prints and Drawings Fund #1, Prints and Drawings Endowment and Sara R. Shorey Endowment

Reference Number

1993.266

Extended information about this artwork

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