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The Glorious Trees of Great Britain Piers Browne

The Glorious Trees of Great Britain

Piers Browne

Published December 1st 2002
ISBN : 9780719560354
Hardcover
196 pages
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For over a decade, the artist Piers Browne has been recording the trees of Great Britain in etchings and drypoint. His inspiration was the onslaught of Dutch Elm disease, which decimated one of Britains greatest native trees and changed theMoreFor over a decade, the artist Piers Browne has been recording the trees of Great Britain in etchings and drypoint. His inspiration was the onslaught of Dutch Elm disease, which decimated one of Britains greatest native trees and changed the landscape dramatically.Piers had followed his own idiosyncratic eye. This volume includes trees of all kinds: the oldest, the tallest, the most unusual, the joyous, the eye-catching and the historical as well as the finest of many species. He includes Killarneys extraordinary evergreen Strawberry Tree, Drumlanrigs vast Sycamore, one of the largest in Europe, a towering but incongruous Eucalyptus, and a Hickory standing alone on the Giants Causeway. In the heart of England he captures among others the skyscraper Noble Fir and a little-known Oak with one of the largest trunks in the world. Hills and mountains are inspiring backdrops to many of the trees illustrated here and many have historical associations with figures such as Walter Scott, Coleridge, Milton and Hogarth.This book is a celebration of the tree through the eyes of an artist who has had a close affinity with nature all his life. Eact section is introduced by David Bellamy, and each tree is accompanied by prose selected by Piers Browne, or by a poem specially commissioned by him for his book.