|Size:||197 x 319 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler.' at lower right|
|Inscribed:||'1861' at lower right|
|Set/Publication:||'Thames Set', 1871|
|No. of States:||6|
|Catalogues:||K.68; M.68; T.57; W.63|
|Impressions taken from this plate (95)|
'The Forge' (1863, Royal Academy). 1
'The Forge' (1863, Whistler). 2
'The Forge' (1871, Ellis & Green). 3
'Blacksmith’s Forge' (1872, Cincinnati). 4
'The Forge. Brittany' (1881, Union League Club). 5
'The Forge' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 6
Although the Union League Club was perfectly correct in placing the scene as Brittany, this was clearly not Whistler's title, and 'The Forge' has been almost universally accepted.
1: London RA 1863.
2: Whistler to W. H. Carpenter, 3 August 1863, GUW #11109.
3: A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames.
4: Cincinnati 1872 (cat. no. 972).
5: New York 1881 (cat. no. 89).
6: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 63).
Beatrice Whistler later recorded the drypoint, presumably with Whistler's approval, as 'Forge - (The.), Brittany'. 7 The Pennells identified it as a forge in the small town of Perros-Guirec in Brittany. 8
7: B. Whistler, list, [1891/1892], GUW #12715.
8: Pennell 1908[more], I, p. 94.
Lochnan suggested that it recalled the painting Les Forgerons: Souvenir de Tréport by François Bonvin (1817-1887) in the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, which Whistler could have seen at the Salon in 1857:
9: The Whitesmiths, Impasse des Carmélites c092, The Forge, Passage du Dragon c102, The Smith, Passage du Dragon c103, The Master Smith c120, The Sunny Smithy c121, The Good Shoe c122, Father and Son c123, The Strong Arm c125, The Blacksmith c127 and The Brothers c128.
10: r.: The Blacksmith's, Howth; v.: Horse in a stable m1619; The Little Forge, Lyme Regis y442.