Author(s): Piers Browne
For over a decade and inspired by the onslaught of Dutch Elm disease, the artist Piers Browne has been recording the trees of Great Britain in etchings and drypoint. This book is a celebration of the tree through the eyes of an artist who has had a close affinity with nature all his life.
Trees sustain life on earth. Without them mankind would cease to exist. Yet large numbers of misguided and greedy people across the world continue to decimate forests and woods for material reasons. As both HRH Prince Charles and Professor Bellamy state in their respective preface and introduction, this has to stop to give the planet the chance to survive. It was this destruction and the terrible scourge of Dutch Elm Disease which reshaped the British landscape that inspired celebrated artist Piers Browne to record trees of all kinds using both etchings and drypoint. This impressive book is not only a visual celebration of British (and other non-native) trees, it is an informative work full of the trees history, folklore and literary influence. Accompanied by extracts from Wordsworth, Betjeman, du Maurier and more, it is soon clear to see the importance of these "Time Lords", as Bellamy aptly calls the trees, on our everyday living and culture. Not just a coffee table book, it is an education in the importance of maintaining these giants of nature for future generations to enjoy. - Lucy Watson
Piers Browne followed a classical path through the Byam Shaw and Royal Academy Schools, travelled widely in Europe, Africa - sometimes on foot - Iceland, Poland, Java and so on yet always found his abiding theme of beauty of the natural world seen in lovely ligt. Although he paints some very large oils, it is in coloured etchings and montone dyrpoints that the intensity of his expression, as reproduced from original prints in this book, is best shown.
Oaks; the ash; the beech; the elm; the lime; the chestnuts; the thorn; fruit trees; rowan, whitebean and service tree; maples and sycamore; the London plane; silver birch; poplars and alders; willows; the hazel; the holly; the hornbeam; pines and firs; cedars; the yew; box; exotica; woods.