William Day – Sowley Forge & In The New Forest (A Pair, dated 1805)
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1. Inscribed: Sowley Forge, 1805 (top right). Pencil with brown wash on buff wove paper.
2. Inscribed: In the New Forest, (top right). Pencil with brown wash and black chalk on buff wove paper.
Each Sheet: 12 x 18 7/8 in. (30.5 x 48 cm.)
Each Mount: 15 7/8 x 22 ½ in. (40.2 x 57.4 cm.)
Sowley Forge was the site of an ironworks located in the New Forest. The forge started in the 1590s until it ceased working in the 1820s.
William Day was an accomplished artist, many of his watercolours and wash drawings are unsigned, but are often numbered, with an identifying inscription. A keen mineralogist and geologist, Day exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy between 1782 and 1801. His later recorded works, dated 1805, are mainly in pen or pencil and wash and taken from Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.