TITLE In Hackfall Wood (Sold)

David Stead
Collage, Acrylic, Pen
28cms x 33cms

Set in a 350ft tree-lined gorge, Hackfall Wood was landscaped in the mid 18th century by John Aislabie, famous for his design at nearby Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. There are pathways, grottos, springs, follies and ponds all on a grand scale and Hackfall was one of the most important and famous managed landscapes of its kind in Britain.

It is now owned by the Woodland Trust and considerable work has been undertaken since 2002 to preserve this ‘lost landscape’.

For me it is the usual venue for my Sunday morning run; it is a place for family walks and of course a place to paint. JMW painted here too so this study will become part of the Turner exhibition