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Purchased, 1972. Museums Sheffield
Balm Green, Sheffield
painting
Date Made/Found: 1858
Artist: Thomas Aldam , about 1817-1888
Associated with: Charles Peace , British, 1832 - 1879
Material and Medium: oil on panel
Dimensions: Sight size: 240 x 290mm Frame: 340 x 391 x 22mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1972.595
The name Balm Green may relate to the herb balm, grown and used to ease wounds. This part of Barker's Pool was originally called Flint Alley, leading to Flint Well. The shop on the left was run by John Mellor (c.1799-1866), a grocer. Thomas Aldam (c.1817-1888) was a chiropodist and bespoke shoemaker, as well as an amateur artist, living at 103 Barker's Pool in the 1850s before moving to Devonshire Street. It is possible that this painting was framed by Charles 'Charlie' Peace (1832-1879), notorious burglar, later murderer. Between 1872 and 1876, he lived in Sheffield, and worked successfully as a picture frame maker.
Display Location: In Store
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