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Douglas Lager, Insel Man, Schnitz schule (Douglas Internment Camp)

Date made: 1918

Description: A brown, sepia printed woodcut showing an interior view of the woodworking workshop in the Douglas Internment Camp. The view shows internees working at benches in the workshop with tools on the benches and an artist working at a canvas in the corner of the workshop. The woodcut is entitled 'Douglas Lager, Insel Man, Schnitz schule' and is signed 'F.Nettel 18'.

The etchings belonged to donor's uncle, Wilhelm Hess, of Rudersheim, am Rhein, Germany (c.1870s-c.1950s). Wilhelm Hess arrived in Britain in 1912-13, importer of haberdashery for hats (feathers and ribbons). Donor was niece of original owners's wife. He was training to be in the wine trade and went back to Germany after the First World War to his wife.

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.

Measurements: overall: 23.5 cm x 28 cm

Materials: paper

Object name: woodcut

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2008-0023/6



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