Various Views of the Isle of Man

The provenances of these views are either currently unidentified or they are single Manx views from a book with a wider topic.

Castle Mona
Castle Mona

160 × 195 mm 

Castle Mona was built as the residence of the Duke of Atholl in 1804 to the design of George Steuart. It was converted to an hotel in 1835 and still operates as such

160 × 195 mm 

A second view in a similar style shows the view of the newly constructed Tower of Refuge.

Bay of Douglas and Tower of Refuge
Bay of Douglas & Tower of Refuge
from Fort Anne

Tower of Refuge
Tower of Refuge

160 × 195 mm 

A third view, presumeably in the same set as lettering, size and style are very similar, is also of the Tower of Refuge.


 

Classic view of Douglas Bay - showing Harold Tower in foreground. 1840's ?

Imprint "Madeley lith, 3 Wellington st Stand"

View of Bay of Douglas
Bay of Douglas, Isle of Man


Hampton Court
Hampton Court

115x190 mm

W. T. Bell del; W. Kneale Douglas

William Kneale was not a printer but published several works 1856-1870. Cubbon rates him highly as a literary figure.

The view is too large to have been part of any of the 3 editions of his guide book.

Hampton Court is near Port Soderick, Braddan and was built c.1800 by Thomas Stowell.


97 × 150mm

Imprint:

Engraved by W. Birrol from a drawing by W.K. Watts for the Beauties of England and Wales.
London Published by Vernor and Hood, Poultry, April 2 1804

Drawn from near Battery Pier, shows Douglas Red Pier and light, to the left can be seen the old fort (used as a lock up) which was demolished in 1818. Standing proudly some distance out of the town is the then new St George's Church.

From vol 3 E.W. Brayley and J. Britton The Beauties of England and Wales ; or, original delineations, topographical, historical, and descriptive of each county. London 1802- 8mo

Douglas, 1804
Douglas. Isle of Man


Oddfellows Hall (Courthouse)
Odd Fellows' Hall, Douglas, Isle of Man
Erected 1841 , J & H Robinson, Architects and Builders

Oddfellows' Hall

To the Grand Master and Board of Directors, Manchester Unity this drawing is respectfully dedicated.

Imprint is T.T. Bury, Lith from a sketch by J. Jefferson; Day & Haghe Lithrs to the Queen

Presumeably done for the Oddfellows' conference in Douglas in 1841; the hall was an over ambitious venture and shortly afterwards was sold eventually becoming the Douglas Courthouse until replaced in the 1990's.


106 × 85 mm

Built as town house of Bacon family (of Seafield/Arragon) c.1790, became hotel 1848, closed c.1914.

William Hill was owner from 1848 to about 1875 when his son-in-law took over.

The view is from a 'flyer' for the Hotel and dates from c.1856. - the corner became known as Blore's Corner as Blore's tobacconist shop occupied the small building from c.1850 to c.1881.

The paddle steamer could be the King Orry I - sold 1858

Royal Hotel, Douglas
Hill's Royal Hotel, Douglas, Isle of Man


W Kinnebrook - Castletown, Isle of Man
Castletown, Isle of Man.

232 × 330 mm
(slight loss of side margins & top due to scanner)

Viewed from Scarlett - shows lime lime kiln at left, Castle Rushen and St Mary's in centre with King William's College to right

The copy in the MNH Library has the inscription "Published by J. Quiggin 1841" underneath the title (excised from my copy)

Inscription - 'On Stone by W Physick; T Physick lithr Manchester; W Kinnebrook delt"

William Kinnebrook is noted as author of the earliest book illustrating the Manx Runic crosses - T Physick noted as Lithographer and publisher of sporting prints at 90 King St, Manchester c. 183; two notes in the Notes and Queries section of Manchester City News (19 & 30 May 1903) give a lttle more info stating that Thomas Physick was born at Lancaster and died in Manchester (no dates given ) - the second correspondent suggests that William was the painter and Thomas an engraver, found in 1838 and 1840 at 71 King St but had gone by 1851 (thanks to Manchester Archives and Local Studies for the information)


232 × 330 mm
(slight loss of side margins & top due to scanner)

In the Manx Museum there is another view by W. Kinnebrook also inscribed On Stone by W Physick and "Published by J. Quiggin 1841" - this one of Douglas as viewed from above South Quay

W Kinnebrook - Douglas Isle of Man
Douglas, Isle of Man.

 Douglas Isle of Man
Douglas Isle of Man

168 × 282 mm

View from Douglas Head - dated c.1850 as shows St Thomas's (with its intended but never built spire), the houses on left are Fort Anne (showing only the left wing, the central block is in shadow and the right wing obscured) & Falcon Cliff (then home of Edward Downes), Harold Tower is I think off the view to the left. The old courthouse is I think visible at the end of the red pier (dating it thus pre 1860) - if the identification of the spire is that of St Thomas's then probably dates c. 1848/9 during building work as non-erection of spire known post 1850.

Inscription R. G. Adamthwaite Del & Scult.

Missing from my copy but found on a copy in the Manx Museum is the imprint "Published by Samuel Johnson Duke Street Douglas" - this dates it post 1847.

Richard Greaves Adamthwaite was born about 1823 in Salford, the son of Thomas Adamthwaite (a tailor), living in Salford in the 1841 and 1861 census, in 1841 he was an engravers apprentice, in 1861 he gives his occupation as 'artist (painting and engraving)' - there is no sighting post 1861

It appears to be a woodcut mounted on linen backed paper (though this may well be modern)

From "A Poetical Guide to the Isle of Mann" pub 1832 - known to be by Rev Thomas Stephen (Vicar General d. 1841) - the view imprint J. Welch del + Geo Smith lith is of the bridge over the Neb at the Raggart .
Peel Bridge
Peel Bridge

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© F.Coakley, 2006