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Meersbrook Park, Sheffield
Turner probably visited Sheffield on a tour of the midlands in the mid 1790s, for about that time he painted a watercolour of the city from the south. At the time Turner was still a teenager, building his career by making illustrations for London printmakers and by colouring, copying and finding whatever work he could.
The watercolour was engraved for a popular publication called 'The Copper Plate Magazine' and Turner was probably paid very little for his work.
Turner's exact viewpoint for his watercolour 'Sheffield, from Derbyshire Lane' (Collection of the Guild of St George, Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust, Wilton number: 102), lies on Derbyshire Lane but is now obscured by later buildings. Almost exactly the same view can be obtained from the green open space of Meersbrook Park, which is immediately adjoining. The park is a vantage point for what is still one of the finest panoramas of the city and it is fascinating to see how the city has developed and changed - particularly the scale of modern buildings - whilst still retaining a very similar character overall.
Discover The Landscape
The Turner Trails bench and panel can be found within Meersbrook Park.
The watercolour can also be viewed in the Ruskin Gallery, within the Millennium Galleries in Sheffield.
Meersbrook Park , Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S8 9FL
Map reference: SK350842View on map
Directions to Meersbrook Park, Sheffield:
From Sheffield city centre take the A61 to Chesterfield, turn left up Beeton Road. At the top of the road turn right onto Brook Road