On the Beach at Douglas

Manx National Heritage

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    Museum's Description
    • This painting by Glasgow artist W. Hardie Hay captures two important aspects of a Victorian seaside holiday in the Isle of Man. The first was simply capturing the fun of playing on a beach, which is still true today - here at Show Me, we love a day at the beach.

      The second was the role of the Isle of Man as the summer entertainment capital of Britain. Tourists could go dancing at the Palace (the largest ballroom in Europe at the time) or go see a famous variety act at the theatre.
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