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A steam hammer at work

Collection:  SCM - Art
Object Name:  oil painting
Maker:  Nasmyth, James
Place Made:  United Kingdom
Date Made:  1871
Materials:  oil paint on board
Measurements:  frame: 520 mm x 620 mm x 60 mm; image: 400 mm x 500 mm

Description:  Painting. [A steam hammer at work] / by James Nasmyth (1808-1890), 1871. Oil on board; 40 x 50 cm, in gilt frame 52x62x6cm. Initialled and dated bl, J.N. 1871. This is an apotheosis of the artist-engineer's invention of 1839 as a triumph of civil engineering. Inside a foundry works, the large steam hammer is shaping a massive iron bar before it can be rolled onto a plate. Possibly the sketch exhibited at a Conversazione of the Institution of Civil Engineers on 1871 June 6, item 46, and painted at their request. Steel-making

Object Number:  1957-15

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Institution of Civil Engineers
1818-current (2011), professional institution, English; British
Nasmyth, James
1808-1890, mechanical engineer; amateur astronomer, Scottish; British
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