Dear Walk Lakes members
I am an Australian researcher based in Tasmania working on the paintings of an Australian born landscape painter of the early British modern movement. His name is Derwent Lees (1884-1931) and sometime in early to mid 1913 he painted a scene in the lakes area that he called Cumberland Hills (see the links below for an image). I am trying to geolocate his landscapes, but this one eludes me. I cannot find where the scene was painted or what the hills are, so could you help me please?
From paintings by his friends at the time, I feel it is in the general area within the perimeter defined by Scafell Pike, Kentmere, Hawsewater, Hallin Fell, Skiddaw and Causey Pike. I know this is a big area, but if you have any knowledge of the hills in the scene it would be really helpful to my research.
Lees had a missing right foot due to a riding accident when young, replaced with a wooden prosthetic (complete with articulated toes!), but he did manage to walk reasonable distances.
It is also possible that the title is wrong (his paintings were frequently renamed by commercial gallerists), so forgive me if I’m barking up the wrong tree (it may instead be in the Snowdonia area where he also painted frequently).
Image of the work: Cumberland Hills painting Derwent Lees and Cumberland Hills painting vers 2