Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

N. N. Burnard
'Ebenezer Elliott', 1854
Weston Park
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)

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

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