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First World War internee engraving of tents and chalets, Douglas Camp

Date made: 1918

Description: An engraving of the Privilege Camp at Douglas Camp showing the view from the Camp across to Douglas Head and the Tower of Refuge. The view of the camp shows four bell tents surrounded by flower beds and chalets and perimeter fence behind them. In the middle of the flower beds and lawn is a single deckchair. The engraving is entitled 'Douglas, Insel Man - Aussicht auf den Hafen' and is signed in the engraving 'F.Nettel - 18'. The engraving is printed with dark blue, indigo blue ink and has left a plate mark on the paper. The engraving is one of a folio set or edition produced in the camp and is a common view in the Douglas Camp glass plate collection.

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: 22.5 cm x 30 cm

Materials: paper

Object name: engraving

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2008-0170/8



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