ABSTRACT

In summer 1653, Daniel King, an artist hired by Lord Fairfax to serve as tutor to his daughter, took his sketch book across the Isle of Man. As the representative of the Lord of the Isle, he recorded a series of views of the strongpoints, seats of government and commercial centres on the island, but in only one – that of the suitably picturesque ruins of Rushen Abbey – did he choose to include images of the Manx themselves. Clad in plaid, hooded and bare-legged, they are as romantic, distinct and perhaps even as doomed as the crumbling, Arcadian landscape they are thought, by the artist, to inhabit.