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South East View of Ramsey

Date made: 1795

Description: South East View of Ramsey. Showing Ramsey harbour entrance and town from the south end of the Mooragh. The quay-wall is clearly shown, extending well inland from the site of the 17th century fort (three mounted cannon are to be seen) and the 18th century lighthouse (demolished 1936). The old merchants' houses east of the present market place are shown clearly, but the long inlet of the Lough is obscured by sliipping and foreshortening. The town chapel of Ballure stands isolated in fields.

This is one of a series of 18th century watercolour paintings depicting the Isle of Man executed by Britain's leading watercolour artist John 'Warwick' Smith. In the 1790s John ‘Warwick’ Smith was commissioned by the 4th Duke of Atholl, John Murray (1755-1830), then Governor-in-Chief of the Isle of Man, to complete a series of watercolour drawings of the Isle of Man. Twenty-six were completed in total, some of the earliest watercolour paintings depicting the Island. When the Duke died in 1830 the Atholls’ connection to the Isle of Man was severed, and the paintings were taken to Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Atholl family. In the 1950s the entire set was rediscovered and purchased for the Manx Museum and returned to the Isle of Man.

Measurements: artwork: 30.5 x 43.5cm

Materials: watercolour on paper

Object name: Painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1954-7224

Subject tags : #Johnwarwicksmith


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