Ruskin Gallery, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

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Opening Times:

Mon-Sat 8am-5pm (Galleries open 10am)
Sunday 11am-5pm
Closed 25, 26 December and 1 January



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T: 0114 2782600
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Ruskin Gallery, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

The Millennium Galleries in the centre of Sheffield is an outstanding venue for the visual arts and craft and design, with four galleries under one roof, including the Ruskin Gallery.

The Ruskin Collection, also known as the Guild of St George Collection, was originally formed by the influential Victorian artist, writer and critic John Ruskin, as an educational resource for the people of Sheffield. John Ruskin championed Turner's work throughout his life and Ruskin's influential 5-volume book 'Modern Painters' was partially written with regard to Turner.

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Turner's On View

View of Sheffield from Derbyshire Lane (1797) - The only watercolour by Turner in the Ruskin Collection.

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, and 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.

Ruskin added almost 1,000 prints by Turner into the Collection of the Guild of St George. These include Turner's 'Liber Studiorum', a set of 71 pictures concerning the subjects of mountains, architecture, marine, historical and pastoral scenes, etched and produced in mezzotint by Turner and his assistants between 1807and 1819.  

Also in the collection, there are numerous topographical or landscape scenes, and vignettes or small engravings, which Turner made as illustrations to books by Samuel Rogers and Walter Scott.

The museum also has a portrait of Turner at work by William Parrott.

The Venue


Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP

Map reference: SK356874

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Directions to Ruskin Gallery, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield:

Follow signs to Millennium Galleries. Parking can be found at the NCP or Q Park car parks on Arundel Gate.

By Public Transport: the Millennium Gallery is 5-10 minutes walk from Sheffield station (walk straight up Howard Street, opposite the station entrance).
The Gallery can be reached easily from any city centre bus stop.
The nearest tram stops are Cathedral and Castle Square.