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The Old Forge, West Hoathly, shows local blacksmith George Newnham standing outside his forge in North Lane, with the North Downs in the background. The painting was given to Mr Newnham by his wife Ethelwyn on his retirement in 1963. It is based on a postcard dating from the 1920s but on the card the figure standing outside the forge is actually Joe Cave, the farrier and the view of the Downs is blocked by West Hoathly Garage, which the Newnhams also ran.
oil on canvas
50.7 x 61.2 cm
gift from Ethelwyn Newnham