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Rush for Dinner Served from the P.o.W. Kitchen

Date made: January 1919

Artist: Kenner, George

Description: This painting is the work of George Kenner, a German living in Britain who was interned on the Isle of Man during the First World War.

It shows a scene at Knockaloe Camp, where Kenner was held. It is dinner time and internees rush back and forth to the kitchens carrying hot food. In the distance the Manx hills are visible. In the foreground there is a scene of chaos, the ground between the huts is churned into mud. The barbed wire fence is visible.

At its peak, some 25,000 German, Austrian and Turkish males were held at Knockaloe from its creation in 1915 to its disbandment in 1919. Most of these men were civilians who had been living and working in Britain, who were deemed to be enemy aliens.

Measurements: overall: 45.5 cm x 60.8 cm;artwork: 36.5 cm x 55.6 cm

Materials: watercolour on paper

Object name: watercolour painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2006-0063



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