Drawing 33: Wastwater Screes

Direction of view: S

Notes: The viewpoint is close to the much-photographed peninsula on Wastwater (see sketch 82).  Late afternoon or early evening lighting is best.  A few hardy bushes seem to be maintaining a roothold on the screes; they are not in Wainwright’s drawing.

This view also appears on page 13 of Wainwright in Lakeland.

There any several of Wainwright’s sketches (35 below is another) that seem to bring the landscape closer to the eye, despite apparently accurate framing.  Perhaps this effect results from our being used to a slight atmospheric haze in views, but the sketches are composed of crisp ink marks.

Comments: This picture was first taken during a solo youth hostelling trip around the western Lake District in 1979 (image 1).  Specifically, this picture was taken on a day walk from Wastwater youth hostel on 4th August 1979.  After ascending Buckbarrow, Seatallan and Middle Fell (sketch 249) there was “a race down the valley – and rewarding photography right up to Wasdale Head”.

After a day on Scafell Pike on 19th June 2013 (see Drawing 13 for description), Anne Setright and I stopped off on the way back to our cottage in Eskdale to get this sketch.  The lighting was excellent (image 2).  There were lots of people about, including some divers just entering the lake; but as this sketch has no foreground, that was not a problem.