Drawing 116: Pavey Ark

Direction of view: NNW

Notes: The viewpoint is by the dam, just at the outflow from the tarn.  Works here have changed the near foreground since the time of AW’s drawing.

This view also appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (236), Wainwright in Lakeland (page 112), Westmorland Heritage (page 215), Memoirs of a Fellwanderer (page 86), and on page Pavey Ark 10 in The Central Fells.  AW did three different versions of this drawing: the guidebook (reproduced in Westmorland Heritage), the sketchbook (reproduced in Wainwright in Lakeland and in Memoirs) and the mountain drawing.  All have exactly the same foreground.

Comments: I took this photo on slide film on 12th April 1978, on a day in Langdale with Peter Messenger.  Unfortunately, the picture of this sketch was badly overexposed.  No opportunity to check in pre-digital days!

My first attempt with digital was on 8th March 2015, on a walk with Peter Messenger (image 1).  We set out from the Stickle Gill car park, and climbed to Stickle Tarn for this sketch and lunch, during which a pair of goosanders swam past, quite unconcerned by our presence.  We then proceeded via Bright Beck to Thunacar Knott, Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle for drawing 316, thence descending the Thorn Crag path and detouring towards Gimmer Crag for 52.

A better result was obtained on 23rd May 2018 (image 2; see 132 for an account of that day). Which picture best corresponds to AW’s drawing is a matter of opinion…