Description

Ore from the nearby Dannemore mines in Uppsala County, Sweden, was primarily forged at ironworks in Lövstabruk. Originally rendered ’Leufstabruk’, the forge was 18th century-Sweden’s largest iron producer and its Oregrounds iron was considered to be the best grade available in England. As this painting by Elias Martin (1739–1818) shows, the forge was set within the tranquil and elegant surroundings of a country estate. A flattering representation, Martin’s view omits any trace of industrial emission or toil.

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