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Inside Castle Rushen

Date made: 1853

Artist: Dryden, Henry

Description: “An apparition, they say haunts Castle Rushin, in the form of a woman, who was some years since executed for the murder of her child…the soldiers of the garrison confirm they have seen it various times…the woman had been frequently seen by the soldiers on guard to pass in and out of the gates, as well as to walk through the rooms, though there was no visible means to enter….No person has yet, however, had the courage to speak to it.” (Francis Grose, The Antiquities of England and Wales 1773-1777, M 02523)

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: 35cm x 25cm

Materials: paper on card : watercolour

Object name: painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1954-5994b


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