Drawing 185: The foot of Windermere

Direction of view: SW

Notes: A suitable viewpoint for this sketch is easily found by walking south west from the ordnance survey column on the summit of Gummer’s How.

This sketch also appears on page 151 of Wainwright in Lakeland.  As usual, this is just a print from the original sketch, not a new drawing.

Comments: To anyone who looks down and spots trains on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway, it is interesting that AW’s notes to this sketch report that Lakeside station has been closed, though “enthusiasts are endeavouring to secure rights to resume the service privately”.

I took a photo on 29th November 1980, on a day out with Peter Messenger.  We made two ascents, as Peter left his Wainwright guidebook on the summit, and we returned to retrieve it.  It was a clear sunny day, with the ground frozen hard.  Other drawings taken on the day were 266, 216, 363 and 358.

I took this drawing with a digital camera on 26th August 2013.  It was a beautiful August bank holiday Monday, and Sheelagh Hughes Hallett and I made the ascent along with many others.  It was my fifth ascent of Gummer’s How, and the views were splendid, with little haze despite the heat.  I also bagged drawing 216 in excellent condition.  There was lots of activity on the lake, and indeed we had taken the steamer from Lakeside to Bowness and back with Pat and Peter Branchflower (friends visiting from the south of England) only 3 days earlier.

The photograph from which this sketch was drawn is in the County Archives at Kendal, reference WDAW/4/1/1/2/23.  The photo includes a female figure, but her stance and position on the composition have been changed by Wainwright.  Note also that the photograph is hazy, and AW has drawn lines on the print to assist his drawing.  This is the only photograph in the Archives pertaining to the Lakeland Sketchbooks in which he has done this, though he often did it in his Scottish Mountain Drawings series.