The role of trees in landscape painting, c. 1760-1870
I've been looking at a a beautiful book: Jacob George Strutt's Sylva Britannica (1826). This consists of portraits of remarkable trees, with a fascinating text. It is large - folio size. I don't understand why there has (apparently) been very little research done on Strutt. Apart from an excellent thesis by Beryl Hartley, I can't find any modern articles on him. This is his etching of the Tortworth Chestnut - a tree in Gloucestershire that is probably over a thousand years old.
I went to see this tree a couple of weeks ago - obviously it has changed a bit in nearly 200 years - but I think Strutt has captured its character remarkably well.
From c. 2010-2017, I was engaged in research for a book on trees in British art, asking questions, such as: how does the interest in trees develop, how do ideas change over the 18th and 19th centuries? I looked at drawing manuals, illustrated books on trees, oil paintings, watercolours and prints, landscape gardening, poetry, artists' writings. The artists I found most important and/or interesting included the following: Paul Sandby, Thomas Hearne, John Constable, Samuel Palmer, James Ward, John Martin, Edward Lear, Francis Danby, Jacob George Strutt and Henry William Burgess.