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St Maughold's Well

Date made: 1853

Artist: Dryden, Henry

Description: On St Maughold’s Well: “an old legend relates that is has so prolific a quality, that if a barren woman be placed in the saint’s chair, and take a glass thereof, it imparts fecundity; but it probably lost its virtue, with the loss of the priests in whose custody it used to be.” (John Feltham, A tour through the Island of Mann in 1797 and 1798, M 09791)

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: 34cm x 24cm

Materials: watercolour on paper

Object name: painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1954-5993


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