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Civilian P.o.W. Camp, Knockaloe on Isle of Man 1917-19

Date made: 10 August 1918

Artist: Kenner, George

Description: Watercolour sketch 'Civilian P.o.W. Camp, Knockaloe on Isle of Man 1917-1919' by George Kenner painted whilst interned in Knockaloe civilian internment camp. Mounted on a black backboard with a white handpainted, lettered title (done by the artist). A view of Knockaloe Civilian Internment Camp showing a series of wooden huts with hills in the background and barbed wire fencing at sides. View from the allotment with plots filled with red, blue and yellow flowers. A warm sunny day and washing is hung out on lines outside the huts. Smoke is coming from several of the huts. Internees are seen walking around and some seem to be working outside.

A copy of George Kenner's journal is in MNH Archives Reference No.: MS 11425.

During the First World War (1914-1918) the Isle of Man was used as an internment base for civilian ‘enemy aliens’. They were held in two camps, a requisitioned holiday camp in Douglas and a purpose built camp located at Knockaloe near Peel on the west coast of the Island. These held at their peaks over 4,000 and 23,000 men in some cases for nearly five years between opening in 1914 and final closure in 1919. Over 30,000 men passed through Knockaloe between 1914 and 1917, more than the population of Douglas.

Measurements: overall: 35.5 cm x 56 cm;artwork: 31 cm x 54 cm

Materials: Watercolour on paper

Object name: watercolour painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2006-0067



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