File Name Nicholson1972_2
Call Number DA 670 L1 N52 1972
Title Portrait of the Lakes. Norman Nicholson. Second Edition.
Short Title Portrait of the Lakes.
Series Title The Portrait series.
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Dedication To the Memory of Walter Wilson, schoolmaster and friend.
Imprint London: Robert Hale & Company
Edition 2
Publication Date 1972
Volumes 1
Pages 190
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 190, [24] p. : ill., maps. Includes bibliographical references.
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Title URI http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/496115
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Nicholson’s Portrait of the Lakes is a description of the people and the geography of Cumberland and Westmorland. Historical research informs the text, but Nicholson’s perspective is firmly rooted in his experience living and working in the Lake District. The “portrait” he conveys is thus a modern one, in which tourism has replaced mining and sheep herding as the primary industry and the railway no longer seems an alien force. Nicholson stresses the importance of conservation, but prioritizes the people of the Lake District, not the land; the independent spirit of the “dalesman” is what he is most anxious to protect. He cautions against the tendency of the National Parks movement to imagine the Lake District as a “museum” or “convalescent home for a sick urban population” (184) and argues that conservation efforts will only succeed if they encourage self-sustaining communities. In his view, a Lake District that depends entirely on tourism is no longer the Lake District that drew tourists in the first place. Nicholson’s text is supported by twenty-five black-and-white photographs and a single map. The SFU LDC copy is in excellent condition, bound in red cloth with original paper jacket in tact. 

Format Other
Plate Count 25
Map Count 1
Illustrations Black and White Only
Photographs Black and White Only
Tables No
Binding Colour Red, maroon, blue, green
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