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Miners washing lead ore, Northumberland, c 1805-1820.

Miners washing lead ore, Northumberland, c 1805-1820.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


Watercolour entitled 'Buddleing', showing two men on a makeshift raft with a bucket of lead and shovel. A buddle is a shallow vat in which ore is washed. This is one of a set of 66 watercolours and pen and ink sketches of aspects of lead mining in the area by various artists, asembled from two related stitched volumes of contemporary work. These volumes show scenes of all aspects of lead mining above and below ground, the procesing of ore, its transport by horse, the tools and the life of the lead miners. They are set posibly in Alston Moor or Allendale in Northumberland - certainly in the north-east Pennines - with a manuscript disertation 'On the Washing of Lead Ore' and a related figured diagram of a proposed vesel.

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