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The Chestnut Tree at Little Wymondley, Hertfordshire
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The Chestnut Tree at Little Wymondley, Hertfordshire


Thomas Hearne (1744-1817)

Width: 46.1 cm; Height: 31.7 cm;

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Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
An ancient, gnarled chestnut overshadows its tranquil surroundings, bare branches twisting out of the foliage with an almost menacing energy. William Gilpin wrote at length about this striking tree, which local lore claimed had been planted by the Romans and whose fame was widespread. Hearne had established his artistic reputation through his work on The Antiquities of Great Britain (1777-81), and his monumental treatment of great trees was informed by his architectural studies. (Permanent collection label)

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