Lake District, Keswick and the History of Pencils

Just returned from a week in the Lake District, where I had the chance to do a few sketches.

Windermere

Excuse my ignorance, but I had not appreciated that the first pencils were made in Keswick following the discovery of Cumberland Graphite in the mid 1500s. I think we’ve all used Cumberland pencils at some stage, and there is actually a lovely museum and shop in Keswick selling all those Cumberland/Derwent graphite and now coloured pencils we all know.

Seemed appropriate to then head down to the banks of beautiful Derwent Water on the edge of Keswick and sketch a bit …

Boats at Derwent Water

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