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articles > 2011

Below is an appeal from Society member Graham Wilkinson (Member No 1166) who is attempting to compile a catalogue of all the signed Wainwright prints.

Readers will know that many years ago the Westmoreland Gazette published a series of “Wainwright prints” that were taken from illustrations that had appeared in his books.  Each print was personally signed by Mr Wainwright.  In fact, four different collections were produced but unfortunately no complete records exist of exactly which prints were released.  For the past few years, I have been trying to build up a comprehensive list.  This has been slow work, but to be honest I have been in no hurry to finish.  It has been a great pleasure to hear from fellow enthusiasts and to share information about what may have been an undervalued aspect of AW’s immense talent.

Could I offer a big thank you to everyone who responded to my earlier appeal for information about the prints.  It has been touching to see that they mean as much to many of you as they do to me.  Perhaps we all recognise that their fleeting acquaintance with that famous green felt-tipped pen provides a lasting link with the great man.

My remaining queries are now more focussed and with a little extra help from yourselves, I am confident this modest tribute to AW can be successfully concluded.  The findings and scans along with some additional historical and anecdotal information will then be offered to the Society.

However, that is still some way off!  You may have the crucial bit of information that will enable me to complete the project so please do not assume that others will be more forthcoming.  If you are fortunate to own a signed print, please can you check if it is listed in one of the following collections.  If it is not included, I am desperate to hear from you as you may have one of “the missing links”! As you will also see, I need particular help with the Kendal prints.

Lakeland Prints
I have listed the 20 that I know about but some believe that 24 were published.  Have you got one that is not listed?
Bowfell, from Lingmoor Fell;  Scafell Pike, from Throstle Garth;  Thirlmere; Langdale Pikes, from Lingmoor Fell;  The Buttermere Valley;  Friar’s Crag, Derwentwater;  The North-Western Fells;  The Coniston Fells;  Ullswater, from St. Sunday Crag;  Borrowdale;  Great End, from Styhead Tarn;  Derwentwater, from Castle Head;  Wasdale, from Great Gable;  Patterdale;  Langstrath;  Skelwith Force;  Blencathra, from Castlerigg;  Wastwater, from Greathall Gill;  View from Orrest Head;  Ashness Bridge.

Dales Prints
I am reasonably confident that all 20 of the Dales prints are correctly listed below – but perhaps you can tell me differently?
High Force;  Main Street, Dent;  Ingleborough;  Muker;  Richmond Castle;  Gayle;  Aysgarth Force: the Lower Falls;  Ripon Cathedral;  Fountains Abbey;  Knaresborough;  Village Green, Arncliffe;  Burnsall;  Bolton Abbey;  Wycoller;  The Bridge at Barnard Castle;  Cautley;  Thornton Force;  Horton-In-Ribblesdale Church;   West Tanfield;  Malham.

Kendal Prints
This collection  is a bit of a minefield because some of the prints have identical titles – hence this is very much a provisional list.  To assist with identification, I have included the illustration number from “Kendal in the nineteenth century”. PLEASE can you let me know if you have any of the Highgate, Stramongate, or Stricklandgate prints as I need to be confident that they are listed correctly.  Also, does anyone have a Kendal print that is not listed below?

Kirkland, Kendal (10);  Highgate, Kendal (Damson Fair) (30);  Highgate, Kendal (Fleece Inn) (33);  Highgate, Kendal (From Town Hall) (34);  The Town Hall, Kendal (35);  Yard 83, Highgate, Kendal (39);  Old Shambles, Kendal (55);  The Pump Inn, Kendal (61);  Stramongate, Kendal (65);  Stramongate, Kendal (Market Day) (66);  Yard 89, Stramongate, Kendal (72);  Stricklandgate, Kendal (With clock - view to present market place area) (88);  Stricklandgate, Kendal (89);  Stricklandgate, Kendal (2 small children) (94);  King’s Arms Hotel, Kendal (95);  Entry Lane, Kendal (104);  The County Mews, Kendal (111);  Fell Side, Kendal (115);  The Syke, Kendal (120);  Fountain Brow, Kendal (129).

Ribble Prints
I am fairly confident that all 12 of the Ribble prints are correctly listed below – but once again do you know differently?
Penyghent, from Selside;  The Ribble at Stainforth;  Market Place, Settle;  The Ribble at Gisburn;  Bolton By Bowland;  Downham;  Pendle Hill, from Downham;  Memorial Gardens, Waddington;  Clitheroe, from the Castle;  Edisford Bridge;  Stonyhurst College;  The Calder Valley at Whalley.

Also
Can anyone throw any light on the following prints which may or may not exist:

Rosthwaite from path to Watenlath;  Langdale Pikes, from Chapel Stile;  The Stonethwaite Valley;  Heron Corn Mill, Beetham;  Cartmel Priory.

And finally, does anyone know about whether a separate series of prints was produced for Mr Wainwright to donate to various charities?  I do know about the 4 larger prints that were produced for Leeds Permanent Building Society.

If you can help in any small way, please get in touch.  I feel we owe it to this great man to get his work correctly catalogued. 

Thank you.
Graham Wilkinson (Membership No 1166).
Wilkinson20@btinternet.com
Tel: 01995 61136