Windsor Great Park

David Shepherd

CBE OBE FRSA FGRA (25 April 1931 - 19 September 2017)
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david shepherd  oak windsor painting
Oak, Windsor Great Park
Original Oil Painting on Canvas
Image size:- 20in x 24in (50.75cm x 61cm),
David Shepherd
"1953 was a gloriously hot summer. I had for many years, been attracted by the marvellously gnarled and twisted shapes
of the incredibly ancient oak trees in Windsor Great Park; some I was told, having been mentioned in the Domesday Book.

With the unpredictable English weather for once kind to me as day followed day of brilliant sunshine,
I spent seven days painting this particular tree, which, it seemed, would be there for all time.
A large chunk of the tree had broken away (probably in about the year 1400!) and it gave me a wonderful opportunity
to indulge in my passion for painting dead wood; a passion which was to develop several years later, in Africa.

I feel that this painting came off quite well, like a few others of that period.
I have kept it because no one would pay me the original asking price of, I think £50."

David Shepherd, reflecting on his painting of 'Windsor Oaks'; 
Illustrated in the book "David Shepherd, The Man and His Paintings" Page 8.
david shepherd  oak windsor painting

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