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Portrait of Mrs E.H. Stenning, signed Schmidk (First World War internee artist)

Date made: 1919

Description: Watercolour miniature of Mrs E.H. Stenning, wife of Archdeacon E.H. Stenning, signed 'Schmidk', and dated 1919. In an oblong frame of brass, which is mounted in a special stiff case of brown leather, decorated with gold leaf, and lined with ivory velvet and satin. Miniature 4 inch x 3 inch sight, case 6 1/4 inch x 5 1/4 inch. [see also 1964-00027 the accompanying portrait of Mrs Stenning's husband].

This miniature was painted by a First World War internee, and Archdeacon Stenning refers to this in his diary (in MNH archives). This could be the artist who produced the portrait of Leicester Homan in MNH collection.

Internees were held on the Isle of Man 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 the largest town.

Measurements: overall: 16 cm x 13 cm

Materials: watercolour on paper

Object name: painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1964-0028



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