This is one of several paintings based on drawings Middleditch made in and around Sheffield in the summer of 1953 shortly after he left the Royal College of Art. Friends and fellow students there were Derek Greaves and Jack Smith, who had grown up together in Sheffield, and it was on Greaves' invitation that Middleditch first visited the city. The drawings he made there were an attempt to come to terms with an environment that was very different from London. It was as this time that his paintings began to reveal his interest in water, also represented in 'Dead Chicken in a Stream' T 00641. Sheffield Weir was included in his first one man exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery in 1954.