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Peasants Cottage at Sulby Bridge, Isle of Man

Date made: 1815

Description: “Notwithstanding this Island is so populous, you would not think so from viewing the country from an elevation; thick as the cottages are, they do not strike the eye; the walls of the huts are seldom above seven feet high, composed generally of sods of earth, and the roofs thatched with straw, which soon becomes of a murky hue.” (John Feltham, A tour through the Island of Mann in 1797 and 1798, M 09791).

On the reverse of the artwork is handwritten "The following inscriptions are inserted on three sides of the Obelisk in Latin, Welch & English: In the Year / 420 / The Saxons and Picts with / United forces / Made war against the / Britons / In this Valley / To this day called / MAES GARMON / where Christ came down to / The Battle / With those Apostotic Generals / Garmon & Lupus / And fought against the Host / When they cried aloud / HALLELUJAH / Terror discomfits the hostile troops / The Britons triumph / Their enemies being slain / Without bloodshed / A victory gained by Faith and not / By force of Arms / M.P. Viz / This monument was erected / For a memorial of the / HALLELUJAH / VICTORY. Will Latham, 1815."

Sketch by Captain William Latham of Liverpool. In July 1815 Captain William Latham made a tour of the Isle of Man with Mr William Gerard Walmesley Esq of Liverpool, Mr James Leigh of Liverpool and Mr Ralph Greenough of Wigan. Latham made many sketches of the Island during his visit.


Measurements: overall: 26cm x 35cm

Materials: pencil on paper

Object name: drawing

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1954-7413


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