Alfred Beckett & Ball Street Bridge

The Alfred Beckett and Sons Ltd building awkwardly straddles one end of the Ball Street Bridge in the Kelham Island Quarter. I love the original signage painted on the white washed wall. The Ball Street bridge was built in 1856 and is grade II listed. It’s quite impressive.

Artist inspiration...

We asked Mark to explain his inspiration for the piece, here's what he had to say;

I usually work from a photograph but I couldn’t find one of this scene that I was happy with so it’s a composite from several views. It’s part of a series of 8 drawings of the Kelham Island Quarter in Sheffield. Kelham Island was at the heart of the industrial revolution in Sheffield but today it’s a centre for tourism. I visited the area a lot before the pandemic as my son was a chef in one of the many great restaurants in the area. I started the series drawing my son’s restaurant The Milestone but there are so many interesting buildings in the area I just carried on. I highly recommend a visit.
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