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Muddy Days, after End of War. Feb.1919

Date made: February 1919

Artist: Kenner, George

Description: Watercolour sketch 'Muddy Days, after End of War. Feb.1919' by George Kenner painted whilst interned in Knockaloe civilian internment camp. Mounted on a black backboard with a white handpainted, lettered title (done by the artist). View of Knockaloe Civilian Internment Camp showing series of wooden huts and the muddy areas into between rows of huts and the wooden duckboard pathways. Internees wandering around chatting, carrying buckets (rations or waste), one carrying a chair (possibly going to an event, e.g. a concert etc. but also appears to be wearing slippers and bare feet under a long coat so unsure what he is doing). Barbed wire, exercise areas, playing fields and allotments in background. Two guards in uniform talking in the foreground

A copy of George Kenner's journal is in MNH Archives Reference No.: MS 11425.

Background:
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: 39.8 cm x 60.8 cm;artwork: 33.3 cm x 54.7 cm

Materials: Watercolour on paper

Object name: watercolour painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2006-0065

Subject tags : #WW1INTERNMENTMUSEUMCOLLECTIONS

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