This pencil drawing was done by a member of our family in 1992 and is now a framed picture in our present home. The sketch was drawn from a bedroom in Brantwood, a house in Coniston in the English Lake District. It shows the view looking SW past the nearby pub and across Coniston Water. Brantwood was for some time the home of the 19th Century English writer, artist and socialist John Ruskin.
The house is set in a 250 acre woodland estate. For more information on the history of the house see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brantwood Many of the rooms are very much as they were in Ruskin’s day. Seven rooms are open to the public; you can also stay in the house which is now run by the Brantwood Trust.
Just on the off chance I searched WordPress for Brantwood and found this very nice Victorian photograph and text: http://sateoh.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/a-wintry-scene/ (with thanks to walkingthecat for getting me the right reference.)
The house in the background is Brantwood and the right angled corner window from which the drawing was done can be seen just above the heavily bearded Mr Ruskin’s head. So we have a drawer pretty much looking down on where, a hundred years before, the group posed, and a group being photographed, all unaware that a hundred years later a shadowy figure would be working away in the window behind them…
Many thanks to Ian Elsom for permission to link to his post.