A Legacy of Ancient Oaks (Mark Frith)

This series of 20 highly intricate, large-scale graphite drawings by Mark Frith depicted Britain’s most characterful veteran oaks, many of which are more than 1,000 years old. Each breath-taking portrait showed the tree in its winter form, highlighting the architectural beauty of its trunk, bark and branches – the result of a millennium of growth.

Originally commissioned by publisher, poet, and philanthropist, Felix Dennis, ten of the drawings are on loan from the Heart of England Forest, and ten are now part of Kew’s collections.

Thanks to Jeff Eden for some of the photography used in this listing