The Ceremonial Tree Planting at Burghley, signed H.B. Ziegler, 1844.

The painting, in pen, grey ink and watercolour, records the planting of an oak tree by Queen Victoria in the South Gardens during a three day visit to Burghley in 1844.

She is shown being handed a child’s wooden spade, as the one she was initially offered proved too heavy and lies discarded to one side.

The Prince Consort later planted a lime tree on the opposite side of the garden.

Henry Ziegler (1793-1874), a British landscape artist and portrait painter, who was also drawing master to members of the Royal Family, was commissioned to record the major events of the 1844 visit.


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