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View of Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Photo credit: Rotherham Heritage Services

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This painting shows a view of Rotherham from Bow Bridge where the River Don meets the River Rother. The building in the foreground is the Wheathill Foundry. The industrial chimneys in the background are part of one of the many pottery businesses which thrived in Rotherham during this period.

Cowen painted a number of similar views of towns in his native Yorkshire. This painting is one of the few where the industrial side of town life is shown, rather than just looking at an idyllic scene.

Cowen was born in Rotherham, but spent a lot of time painting in Europe, especially Italy and Switzerland. These trips were funded by generous patrons such as the 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam.

Clifton Park Museum



View of Rotherham, South Yorkshire




oil on canvas


H 54 x W 74 cm

Accession number

ROTMG : OP.1982.234

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 1982

Work type



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