Welbeck Abbey, The Green Dale Oak
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink on paper
The 3000 acre estate at Welbeck Abbey was famous throughout the country for the age and mammoth proportions of its beautiful oak trees. In 1724 the first Duke of Portland wagered with the Earl of Oxford that he could drive a horse and carriage through a tree. This particular tree was chosen on account of its great size. The tree was then attacked by axes and eventually a hole big enough for a horse and carriage to pass through was created and the Duke won his bet.