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Welbeck Abbey, The Green Dale Oak

Welbeck Abbey, The Green Dale Oak

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15545

Item number: f.79

Length: 29.3

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

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.

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