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Mark Frith: a legacy of ancient oaks

Mark Frith's breath-taking portraits highlight the architectural beauty of tree trunks, bark and branches in winter. 6 October 2018 to 17 March 2019.

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6 October 2018 to 17 March 2019

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art 


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Depicting Britain's veteran oaks

This series of 20 highly intricate, large scale graphite drawings by Mark Frith depicts Britain’s most characterful veteran oaks, many of which are more than 1,000 years old.

Each breath-taking portrait shows the tree in winter, highlighting the architectural beauty of its trunk, bark and branches – the results of up to a millennium of growth.

Ten of the drawings were gifted to Kew, and ten are on loan from the Heart of England Forest. 

Image credit: Mark Frith