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In 1758 the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce made the first of its many awards intended to promote re-afforestation in Great Britain. A gold medal was awarded to Henry, 5th Duke of Beaufort, to mark the planting of acorns 'for the raising of Oak Timber' upon 23 acres of his estate at Hawkesbury, Gloucestershire. The artist, Anna Zinkeisen, depicted the Duke (in a red coat) listening as his steward, Robert Croucher, reads an advertisement of the conditions upon which the Society's offer of the medal was made.
oil on canvas
62 x 75 cm
commissioned by the RSA to commemorate the planting of 40,000,000–50,000,000 trees for Naval Purposes, 1958