In this post I will be focusing on “Derwent Water Sunset” by Nigel Wilkins.
Derwent Water is one of the principle bodies of water in the Lake District which lays South of Keswick in North-West England. It’s three miles long, one mile wide and seventy-two feet deep with several islands within it: Lord’s Island, Rampsholme Island, St Herbert’s Island, Otterbield Island and Derwent Island. The latter is the only island inhabited and is dominated by Derwent Island House, an 18th century residence which is protected by the National Trust and open to visitors.
Between 1885 and 1907, spent many summer holidays with her family in the area though Lingholm was her personal favourite and she stayed there a total of nine times. Her second favourite she stayed at only the once however, which is Fawe Park, and both are stately homes situated at the North-West side of Derwent Water.
This beautiful part of Britain provided an abundance of inspiration for Beatrix Potter who is documented as spending lots of her time there looking at the squirrels in the woods, rabbits in the vegetable gardens and sketching landscapes when the title for a table about a certain rabbit began to form.
In 1902, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published which thrust Beatrix into the limelight, cementing her as a child favourite (she was certainly one of mine). In her third book titled Squirrel Nutkin background views of Derwent Water can be found and Fawe Park makes an appearance in The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.