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Tree Planting at Badminton

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

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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.

Royal Society of Arts





oil on canvas


H 62 x W 75 cm

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commissioned by the RSA to commemorate the planting of 40,000,000–50,000,000 trees for Naval Purposes, 1958

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