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Near Douglas, Isle of Man

Date made: n.d.

Description: “I cannot forget what was told me by an English gentleman and my particular Friend. He was about passing over Douglas bridge before it was broken down, but the tide being high, he was obliged to take the river; having an excellent horse under him, and once accustomed to swim. As he was in the middle of it, he heard, or imagined he heard, the finest symphony, I will not say in the world, for nothing human ever came up to it. The horse was no less sensible of the harmony than himself, and kept in an immovable posture all the time it lasted, which he said, could not be less than three quarters of an hour, according to the most exact calculation he could make, when he arrived at the end of his journey, and found how long he had been coming. He, who before laugh’d at all the stories told of Fairies, now became a convert, and believed as much as ever a Manks man of them all.” (Waldron, The History and Description of the Isle of Man, 1726, M 00733)


Measurements: artwork: 17 cm x 25 cm

Materials: watercolour on paper

Object name: painting, watercolour

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1992-0185/2


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