1 thought on “The Iron Forge by Joseph Wright of Derby 1772”

  1. 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.

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