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Cronk Urleigh

Date made: 1853

Artist: Dryden, Henry

Description: “Cronk Urleigh was once a place of great importance, having been the scene of the out of door Parliament. Charles [Major Charles Crigan] planted it thickly with trees, drained the fields and cleared the hedges; levelled the inequalities of the surface of the rough little meadows, and soon the little desert began to blossom as the rose. Years passed away before the Cronk became the lovely spot which attracted the admiration of all that passed by.” (Sarah Jametta Crigan, Memoir of Major Charles Crigan, 1864)

The sketch is one of a set of four sepia drawings of local scenery, by Sir Henry Dryden, 1853. Sir Henry Dryden, known as ‘the Antiquary,’ was an archaeologist who travelled throughout Britain and Europe in the nineteenth century. During his travels Dryden recorded buildings, historic sites and monuments, producing thousands of architectural and archaeological drawings. He visited the Isle of Man in 1853 and sketched several landmarks.


Measurements: artwork: 9 cm x 14.5cm

Materials: paper : pen & sepia ink & wash & pencil

Object name: drawing

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1954-2806/4


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