The five volumes of Lakeland Sketchbooks surely
constitute one of the finest achievements of Alfred
Wainwright as an artist. Published between 1968 and
1973, many of the scenes depicted are based on
photographs he had taken years previously.
The aim of this Wainwright Society project is to
celebrate AW’s fine artistic achievement, and to create
a contemporary record of the 400 scenes that he drew
with such a fine touch. All members of the Society are
invited to take part in the project. All you have
to do is to find the location of any of the drawings,
and take a photograph of the scene depicted by
Wainwright in his drawing.
books themselves contain diagrams which help in finding
the viewpoints. This section of the website shows
the original drawings, against which are set the
members’ modern photographs which best capture the
spirit of the original artwork. Once completed, the
end product will be a reference archive of all the
drawings in the Lakeland Sketchbooks, with comparison
photographs to identify the changes which may have taken
place to the landscape or buildings in the subsequent
years. Comments and updates will be invited in future
years to make the legacy of the sketchbooks an on-going
resource, as well as a testimony to AW.
This is not a competition.
There is no entry fee and no prizes. It
is great fun to do - a bit like a treasure hunt in the
case of some drawings - and you will, hopefully, have
the thrill of seeing your work as part of the archive,
as well as learning more about AW’s skill as an artist:
how carefully his pictures are composed, with clever use
of viewpoints and interesting foregrounds. Go out
there and stand where the great man stood!
The Society gives special thanks to The
Estate of A. Wainwright and Frances
Lincoln Ltd, with whose kind permission the
sketches are reproduced.
Please remember that copyright
rests with The Estate of A. Wainwright. Only
members of The Wainwright Society may print a copy of
sketches, and only for the purpose of participating in
this project. Any other copying will be a breach of