Drawing 129: Troutbeck Tongue

Direction of view: NNE

Notes: From the A592 uphill from the Queen’s Head Inn. The tree is still identifiable.

This view is the title page of the Troutbeck Tongue chapter in The Far Eastern Fells, and is also in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (10), where there is a lot less snow than shown in the sketch.  Interestingly, some trees in the sketch can be recognised in the mountain drawing, but others are different, suggesting that AW did the two drawings from two different photographs, taken at very close to the same place, but at different times – this is unusual.

Comments: I first took this picture (image 1) on slide film on 4th April 1977: see drawing 139.  It was typical of that time that a search for several sketches would precede quite a significant fell walk.  Peter Messenger and I covered the ground quicker in those days!

I took a digital image of this scene (image 2) on 9th January 2014, on my way to do a walk over the Mell Fells.  There was some new snow on the tops, and the lighting was excellent.  This was one of those rare occasions when a first attempt produced a really nice result!