Within the Trunk of this Venerable Oak (according to Welch tradition) the body of Howel Sele, a Powerful Chieftain, residing at Nannau, in Merionethshire, was immured, by order of his rival Owen Glyndwr.-See Pennant, Vol.I. p.348.See Pennant, Vol.I. p.348. The Original Sketch from which this etching is made, was drawn from nature on the 27th. Day of July, 1813, by Sir Richard Colt Hoare, Bart. And on the same night, this aged tree fell to the ground. It was situated within the kitchen garden walls of Sir Robert Williams Vaughan, Bart. At Nannau, near Dolgelle.
Engraving with large margins, etching on india with separate title plate Image plate 330 x 265mm (13 x 10½"), title 75 x 265mm (3 x 10½"). Small tear in india of title. Messy.
The Nannau Oak in Merionethshire (now Gwynedd). According to legend, Howel Sele, Lord of Nannau, attempted to kill his cousin, Owen Glyndwr. Saved by armour under his clothes, Owen had Howel killed and secretly hidden in the hollow of the oak, where his skeleton was found forty years later. The tree had a bad reputation and was known as 'The Hollow Oak of the Demons' (Derwen Ceubren yr Ellyll). According to Pennant it was 400 years old and twenty-eight feet in circumference. A sundial with an inscription marks the spot it once stood at Nannau House.
Ex Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
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