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Smith’s Yard

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Artwork Details

Smith’s Yard
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
transfer lithograph on wove paper
11 ¾ in (29.85 cm)
Museum Purchase

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

Whistler executed a number of works at the blacksmith operated by the Govier family in Lime Regis. These are portraits and portrayals of the family at work in the smithy.
Thomas Way printed 3000 impressions of "The Smith's Yard" that were issued in "The Studio" 47, no. 10 (Feb. 15, 1897) and in "The International Studio" 1, no. 1 (March 1897); UMMA's impression has The Studio's blindstamp at the bottom.

Physical Description:

Two horses, seen from behind, stand in front of a shed-like structure. On the threshold and partly shadowed to the left stand two figures, a man in an apron and an youth holding a bucket upside down. On the right, closer to the viewer is a whetstone; on the far left of the composition is a rain barrel.

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