Drawing 110: Scoat Fell

Direction of view: W

Notes: The viewpoint is the cairn on Black Crag (ie on the highest point).  The cairn is now much less distinguished than that shown in the sketch.

This view appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (294), Wainwright in Lakeland page 102, Fellwalking with a Camera page 122, and page Steeple 7 in The Western Fells.  Studied closely, the photograph contains two walkers, whilst the sketch contains three sheep.  The mountain drawing contains neither.

Comments: This was the 403rd and last sketch which I tracked down for my project (although there remained three others which required improvement).  I took the picture on 15th July 2019, after a most laborious and exhausting ascent out of Mosedale, and after bagging the second last sketch (164).  I then went on to Scoat Fell, Steeple and Red Pike, where I secured one of the required improvements (109).  An atrocious descent from Dore Head completed the outing.

Why are 403 photographs required to replicate all the scenes in Wainwright’s Lakeland Sketchbooks.  80 x 5 = 400, surely?   The answer lies in A Fifth Lakeland Sketchbook: sketch 342 “At Caldbeck” contains two different images; and sketch 379 “In Eskdale” contains three.

I didn’t include in my project the sketches on the title pages and opposite the title pages of the sketchbooks, though photos of some of them are in my introductory notes (“The Story of the Sketchbooks”) and Concluding Note.