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Fishing Vessels in Choppy Sea

Date made: late 19th century

Artist: Holland, John

Description: Charcoal drawing by John Holland showing fishing vessels in a choppy sea. One is clearly identified by the registration code DO68 on the sail and gunwhale of the vessel. Another vessel in the distance is less distinctly identified.

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.

Materials: charcoal, paper

Object name: charcoal drawing

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2009-0168


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