View of Sheffield from Derbyshire LaneArtist:
Joseph Mallord William Turner
, British, 1775 - 1851
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Frame: 270 x 314mm
Sight size: 95 x 160mm
Support: 101 x 163mm
Accession Number: CGSG00144
Turner painted this work long before he earned his reputation as a great artist. In the early part of his carer, he mainly painted topographical or landscape views for mass- producing in magazines and print books. This watercolour was engraved for 'The Copper- Plate Magazine' of August 1798, and he made the sketch on a Yorkshire tour the year before. The magazine described Sheffield as being a mile long, by half a mile wide.
The engraving was re-used in 1854 in a book entitled 'Turner and Girtin's Picturesque Views, sixty years since'. The book explained: '… The valley is now built upon, the glimpse of the river Porter, long since shut out by houses; and with the exception of the churches, the whole scene has undergone a mighty change… the most striking feature is … the absence of the towering smoke-conductors [which] gives to the [scene] that quiet primitive look which it wore in the days of our forefathers.'