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Wainwright notebook and maps among artwork at Carlisle auction

Meticulous preparation for the famous guidebooks is shown in the Lake District writer's notes and annotations to maps

The Lake District has probably inspired more art per square inch than anywhere else in the UK, even if William Wordsworth rather let the side down with the opening lines of his poem on Westminster bridge.

Some of the most interesting is the work of amateurs or specialists in other fields, among whom the names of Beatrix Potter and Alfred Wainwright are currently the most well-known.

An interesting example of work by the latter is coming up for auction later this month; one of the notebooks used in the preparation of his seven-volume guide to walks on the Lakeland fells, along with a score of Ordnance Survey maps with annotations in his neat, town clerk's hand.

Wainwright could be crusty about the OS when they erred; an almost unavoidable hazard in their vast task, but only because he respected the mapmakers' dedication to accuracy which was matched by his own. Even the notebooks are fine examples of very careful work, although intended only for his use.

The lot also contains a further bundle of maps used by Cyril Moore, one of four people who helped the great navigator with his Pennine Way companion. Maps and blue-bound ledger will be auctioned in the somewhat un-Wainwrightlike surroundings of Carlisle's Rosehill industrial estate on Monday, 25 June, by the local firm of HH auction rooms. One of its auctioneers and valuers, Georgina Nixon, says:

Wainwright's notebook will be of great interest to both enthusiasts and scholars alike. I provides real insight into the process of working and indeed to the unique style of the author.  Although a number of more up-to-date guidebooks are on the market, Wainwright's works remain ever popular for their depth and detail, something still cherished by followers to this day. The unique value of the collection comes in its having been kept together.

The estimated price is £2000-£3000 but it's anyone's guess, with Wainwright having many devotees. Other Lakes-related items in the sale include work by the contemporary artist Marion Bradley, notably a series of pencil sketches, and paintings by the late Victorian and early 20th century painter, Thomas Bushby.

One of these shows a little boy wearing a red beret – a cap much favoured by Bushby who would have enjoyed the arrival of Kangol the beret makers in West Cumbria, had he lived to see it. The child is out with his granny in the Cumbrian rain and the auctioneers are keen to establish where the scene was set. Nixon says:

It has been suggested that the place in this painting is Brisco, near Carlisle, but we would like to hear from anyone who can fully identify the location.

The estimate on that one is £2000-£3000 as well. © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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