Standing in the entrance to a farrier's shop are a group of figures, seen against the glow of the forge; the workshop is a rustic building with a wooden front wall and a red tiled roof. Standing outside, seen in profile from the near side, is a grey horse with a rope halter; behind the horse is a basket, shovel and stump of wood; crouching in before the horse's extended front leg is the farrier, with a red jacket worn under his apron. The farrier turns his head to look up towards a man in a white smock standing beside him, behind the man is a dog, possibly a bull-terrier. Beyond the workshop is a building of similar size with a thatched roof and the painted sign of a 'Horse and Jockey' inn suspended by the entranceway; standing outside are a pair of male figures, drinking, partially obscured by a plank fence. In the left foreground, leaning into the composition at an angle, is an oak tree. In the background, to the right of the composition, is a glimpse of the surrounding landscape; the sky is depicted with a rising bank of stormy clouds.
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transferred from the Royal Manchester Institution, 1882