Drawing 38: Friar’s Crag, Derwentwater

Direction of view: WNW

Notes: The viewpoint is obvious; less so the background.  The mountain is Grisedale Pike.  Some of the Scots Pine trees are still recognisably those in the sketch.

Remarkably, this picture does not appear in any other of Wainwright’s published works.

Comments: I first took this picture on one of those “bonanza” sketch days with Peter Messenger; on this occasion in January 1978 we got 7 sketches: 38 and 39, 238, 248, 327 and 394 and finally 6.

I first took this photo for the digital project on 29th October 2014, on a birthday trip to Keswick with Sheelagh Hughes Hallett.  It was a beautiful autumn day, and visitors were out in force, making for very slow driving, and by the time we got to Friar’s Crag it was well after optimum time for taking this shot.  Some canoeists were lingering around the point, so I chose to include them rather than wait until they moved away, to add some interest to an imperfect picture.  The imperfections were remedied on 29th June 2018 (see 143 for an account of that day).  The radically different water levels in the lake are obvious – the 2018 photo was taken during a long drought.

In the Archives at Kendal there is a photo of this scene taken by AW (WDAW/4/1/1/2/6).  In the photo there is a thin skin of ice on the water, which would have been very difficult to draw.  The sketch shows the scene with the same bits of the lake iced over and covered in snow!