Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
'Ebenezer Elliott', 1854
bronze on stone base
Weston Park, near the
gates by Sykes et al. The statue originally stood outside the Post
Office in the old Market Place (High Street), it was moved in the summer of
1875. (A-Z p98 2C)
Description: Ebenezer Elliott was a poet and corn-law rhymer. His bronze figure
is shown seated wearing a frock coat. The granite plinth is rather starkly
inscribed 'Elliott'. He is supposed to be seated on a rock in one of the
spots described in his poems.
Sheffield Town Council. The money,
£600, was raised by public subscription¹.
Elliott (1781-1849) was instrumental
in the repeal of the Corn Laws. Neville Burnard was born in Cornwall where
he shown considerable talent as a stonemason from an early age. He was sent
sent to London where he was introduced to Francis Chantrey and exhibited
at the Royal Academy. Later a fondness for alcohol contributed to a reversal
in his fortunes and he died penniless in his native county.
¹ Illustrated Guide to Sheffield. ed J. Taylor. Pawson &
Brailsford 1879 p. 123