These fine etchings by local artist Anita McEwen were on display in the exhibition. Below she explains their story.
“Knole Park is blessed with a broad range of magnificent trees. Its oaks, chest-nuts and beeches evoke the history of the House and its ancient deer park. Alas, the storm of 1987 put paid to many of the statuesque beeches but thankfully, many of the iconic deeper rooted oak trees survived although often with loss of limbs.
The oaks that were chosen to create my “Seven Oaks” etching were not selected for their symmetry or indeed to represent a perfect oak specimen; rather they were chosen for their character and to mark way-points on one of our favourite walks through the park. The walk begins at the steps-over-the-wall access to the park off Blackhall Lane and the first three oak trees can be seen on this first section of the walk. The fourth oak tree standing before the eccentric little house behind Knole House is easily recognisable.
The fifth is a younger specimen and can be found teetering over a small pond on the golf course to the south of the house. Perhaps my favourite most characterful oak is the sixth one which sports a large hole through the centre of its trunk and can also be found just behind the grounds to the south of Knole House.
The seventh oak in the series stands on a high bank to the left of the path leading to the exit from Knole Park on Seal Hollow Road. My intention is to create a second series of Knole trees; this time to feature the characterful sweet chestnuts whose trademark twisted bark distinguishes them from the oaks and beeches”.