A Guide to William Wakeman’s Fermanagh Lakelands19th Century Heritage & Tourism
Celebrated Victorian antiquarian, artist and author, William Wakeman (1822-1900) spent 20 years in Fermanagh as drawing master at Portora Royal School. This exhibition highlights William Wakeman’s significant role within the developing Irish tourism industry. His work promoted a greater awareness of Irish antiquity from crannogs and caves to court tombs to castles.
Oscar Wilde came to Enniskillen reputedly as a result of Wakeman’s friendship with his family.
Artefacts on show relate specifically to Fermanagh and include national loans rarely on public display.
Image: W.F. Wakeman, Devenish Monastic Ruins, Watercolour, 1897.