Two horses, seen from behind, stand in front of a shed-like structure. On the threshold and partly shadowed to the left stand two figures, a man in an apron and an youth holding a bucket upside down. On the right, closer to the viewer is a whetstone; on the far left of the composition is a rain barrel.
Whistler executed a number of works at the blacksmith operated by the Govier family in Lime Regis. These are portraits and portrayals of the family at work in the smithy.
Thomas Way printed 3000 impressions of "The Smith's Yard" that were issued in "The Studio" 47, no. 10 (Feb. 15, 1897) and in "The International Studio" 1, no. 1 (March 1897); UMMA's impression has The Studio's blindstamp at the bottom.