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The Monarch Of The Woods

The Monarch Of The Woods

Photographer: Thompson, Stephen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: 1758.b.6

Item number: 3

Length: 19.7

Width: 13.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

In his book 'Studies From Nature' photographer Stephen Thompson writes of the English oak "in its summer garb of rich and finely massed foliage: always the monarch of the woods. The tree was once especially sacred and distinguished, because the holy misteltoe grew upon it. The common Celtic name for the tree was derw, from which was derived the word Druid, oaks being religiously venerated by that ancient British priesthood."

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