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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

While our museums are closed, the team at Museums Sheffield are bringing them to us with their #MuseumFromHome online activity. In their new video series Talking Art, Museums Sheffield's curators talk through some of the artworks in the city's collections.

First up is John Singer Sargent's The Misses Vickers (1884), one of the most popular paintings in Sheffield's visual art collection. When he painted this piece in 1886, John Singer Sargent said: "I am to paint several portraits in the country and three ugly women at Sheffield, dingy hole." Nevertheless, it features in our Jane's top 3 Sheffield artworks.

The second instalment of Talking Art focuses on John Wharlton Bunney's striking study of the Basilica of San Marco, Venice, one of the highlight's of the Guild of St George's Ruskin Collection. Here, Museums Sheffield's Ruskin Curator, Louise Pullen, explores Bunney's approach to capturing this architectural icon.

The third instalment of Talking Art looks at William Maw Egley's painting of Lord Alfred Tennyson's celebrated poem 'The Lady of Shallot', which is based on the legend of King Arthur. Learn more about the story the painting depicts from Curator of Visual Art at Museums Sheffield, Liz Waring.

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