This is a fine etching revival print by the Scottish artist, L.G. Kinnear.
He was born in Dundee in 1901.
He specialized in portrait painting and making etchings of rural pursuits and the vanishing way of life in both the UK and in France. He studied art at Bordeaux.
This fine etching by Kinnear dates to the late 1920s / 1930s and shows the influence of Whistler on his work. Whistler also created moody and very atmospheric images of blacksmiths at work in their forge. Kinnear also uses one of Whistler's favourite graphic devices to create a feeling of depth - a bright light filtering in through an open doorway with a sketchy landscape seen in the distance. The interior is fully emersed in shadow.
This print by Kinnear is pencil signed in the lower margin - and is also titled to the left lower margin: Fenwick's Smiddy. Interestingly, there until recent times, there was a business called Fenwick's Blacksmiths Ltd in Dundee - it went into liquidation in 2015 and was recorded as being a family business founded in 1904.
It shows a blacksmith standing in his forge or smiddy. To the left is his anvil. A gentleman stands in the doorway chatting. The artist has obviously taken great delight in sketching all the tools in the workshop.
I have taken lots of photographs of all the details in this interesting print.
Works by Kinnear have been through auction houses - but they are not common works to find.
The etching is beautifully presented with a new window mount and a new simple black frame. It is ready just to hang on your wall.
Dimensions: Frame Size is 31 x 35 cm. The image size is 18 x 24.5 cm.
I have found online a more recent photograph of a Fenwick's Blacksmiths in Dundee - this is most probably the exterior of the one shown in Kinnear's etching.