Fitting a horseshoe, c 1890.
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A photograph of a farrier fitting a new horseshoe whilst some children watch, taken by Colonel Joseph Gale (c 1835-1906) in about 1890. The farrier, or blacksmith's, workshop can be seen inside the open door, wth tools hanging up in front of the window. The building is attached to a thatched cottage. Two little girls take a break from carrying their pail of water to watch, and another group of children relax in the sun on the gras next to the horse, one patting its nose. Joseph Gale specialised in naturalistic photographs of rural life and figures in landscapes. He was one of the first members of the Linked Ring Brotherhood and was also a member of the Royal Photographic Society.