One of first depicted trees

Paul Sandby’s […] striking portrait of an old ash pollard in Luton Park is one of the earliest depictions of a tree in its own right – neither as background, nor framing device, nor accessory for figures, but right there at the centre, commanding full attention with its strange mass of smooth trunks, springing from a single stool.

 From The long, ling life of trees (2026) by Fiona Stafford