Jim Watson was born and bred in the Lake District but moved away at the age of 18
to take up an engineering apprenticeship in the Midlands. After 5 years as a draughtsman
he dropped out to begin a long career as a freelance illustrator. His most recent
Lake District book, published in 2010, is his Lake District Sketchbook, Click here
to see some sample pages
Also in 2010, Jim produced some sketches of views from Broad How, details of which
are shown below.
Click on the detail to see the whole view/picture.
In the introduction to his Lake District Sketch book, Jim writes:
“The mountains are high . . . and the lakes are large in British terms, but on the
world stage they’re mere molehills and ponds. It’s the variety and concentration
of good things packed into such a small area that makes the Lake District so special.
You never have to travel far to be moved by something.”
On the shelves of Broad How, you will find three of Jim’s now out-of-print guides
to the Lake District: Lakeland Villages; Lakeland Towns; and Lakeland Panoramas -
all full of his clever illustrations and observations.