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Shipwreck on Santon Head

Date made: ?1905

Artist: Holland, John

Description: Shipwreck on Santon Head, the Argo. Charcoal drawing by John Holland.

The Argo was bound from Bordeaux for Glasgow, the ship struck rocks at Meary Vooar near Santon Head on 28th December 1905. On board was a cargo of wine, spirits and iron ore.

John Holland was the son of Samuel Holland, a house painter, sign writer and artist. Several members of his family were artists, as well as working in the family painting and decorating firm. He uncle taught him to work in charcoal, a medium with which he was to become most strongly identified in his later career.

Following his marriage in 1880 and a year living in London, the Holland family moved to the Isle of Man in 1883, first living in Port St Mary and then by 1891 moving to Douglas. Holland established himself as a prolific artist, specialising in large detailed charcoal drawings of contemporary Manx scenes such as this one. These proved popular both as decoration for the new hotels being built on Douglas Promenade and as up-market souvenirs of the Isle of Man.

Measurements: h. 62cm x w.91.5cm

Materials: paper & stretched on frame : charcoal

Object name: Drawing

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: L21822

Subject tags : #ALLATSEA


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