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First World War internee engraving of Privilege Camp, Douglas

Date made: 1914-1918

Description: An engraving of the Privilege Camp at Douglas Camp showing the view in the camp to the central block. The view of the camp shows the central administration block and dining room with internees walking to and milling about the buildings. The engraving is entitled 'Douglas, Insel Man - Privilegiertes Lager' and is signed in the engraving 'F.Nettel - 18'. The engraving is printed with sepia brown 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. Over 30,000 men passed through Knockaloe between 1914 and 1917, more than the population of Douglas.

Measurements: overall: 22.5 cm x 30 cm

Materials: paper

Object name: engraving

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2008-0170/9



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