Sheffield painting’s hidden depths revealed

Painter conservator Eeva Kukkonen with the historical view of Sheffield she has restored.
Painter conservator Eeva Kukkonen with the historical view of Sheffield she has restored.
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A painting of Victorian Sheffield had its hidden depths revealed thanks to a £3,000 conservation appeal.

The artwork, called Bridge and White Rails at Bridgehouses, Sheffield, shows daily life around the River Don in 1840.

But it wasn’t until it underwent restoration to fix cracks, scratches and damage that a horse and rider in the foreground, as well as second figure, were revealed. It will now go back on show at Museums Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery later this month.

Hannah Brignell, curator, said: “The discovery of the hidden figures makes this painting even more remarkable and we can’t wait to share it with our visitors.”

Friends of Museums Sheffield helped raise £3,000 for the restoration, carried out by Critchlow & Kukkonen Ltd in Sheffield.