TALK: Andy Beck – The Wainwrights in Colour

Date: Saturday 23 September

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Wesley Room, Ambleside Parish Centre, Vicarage Road

Tickets: £5 (proceeds to Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team)

The popularisation of the Lake District over the last 200 years is littered with literary milestones – from the Lake Poets at the turn of the 19th century (William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey), to John Ruskin and Sir Hugh Walpole, Norman Nicholson, A.H. ‘Harry’ Griffin, Alfred Wainwright, Melvyn Bragg, Hunter Davies . . . now you can add Andy Beck to that list.

That’s the only conclusion any right-thinking lover of Lakeland could come to after spending some time looking through his epic book The Wainwrights In Colour, which was launched in May.

Fellwalker and artist Andy, who talked about his book at last year’s Festival of the Fells in Ambleside, has spent 10 years tracking down the exact location from which Alfred Wainwright drew every illustration in his seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. From each spot he took a photograph, returned to his Teesdale studio and painted a watercolour version of how the view looked now, over 50 years after Wainwright did the same thing (except AW drew in pen and ink). That’s over 1,500 paintings, all of which have been lovingly created and put together in a limited-edition book (just 5,000 copies will be sold) that includes a free DVD explaining how exactly Andy did it.

In June Andy gave a talk at the Keswick Mountain Festival. Now he is pencilled in for a slot at the Festival of the Fells which should appeal to all lovers of Wainwright’s seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.

IN ADDITION . . . Andy will be in Ambleside for most of the weekend, with the plan that you will be able to meet him at Fred Holdsworth’s Bookshop between 10.00am-noon and 2.00-3.00pm on Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th.

  • If you would like a copy of The Wainwrights In Colour, go to Andy’s website www.andybeckartist.co.uk