The Iron Forge between Dolgelli and Barmouth in Merioneth Shire, Plate 6 of XII Views in North Wales

Artist: Paul Sandby (British, baptized Nottingham 1731–1809 London)

Published in: London

Date: 1776

Medium: Etching and aquatint printed in brown ink

Dimensions: sheet: 8 3/8 x 11 3/4 in. (21.3 x 29.8 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1936

Accession Number: 36.8.30


Sandby was already an experienced watercolorist and etcher when he began tinkering with Jean-Baptiste Le Prince's recipe for applying tonal areas to etchings with resin powder. But, instead of distributing the powder dry, he dissolved it in "rectified spirits of wine" so that it could be brushed on an etching plate like an ink wash, a process for which he coined the term aquatint. This image image of an active iron forge belongs to a set of Welsh views, and the artist represents his subject raked by low sunlight, to cast the entrance wall facing us in deep shadow.