An Oak Tree struck by Lightning in Dunham Park

John Boultbee (Osgathorpe 1753 – Liverpool 1812)
National Trust Inventory Number 932272

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 16 Jul 1808 (signed and dated)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 610 x 762 mm (24 x 30 in)
Place of origin Cheshire
Collection Dunham Massey, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)
Not on show

A reference to this event, which occurred on 16 July 1808, is contained in an undated nineteenth-century inventory, recording that the splinters from the tree were thrown far from the site.

Boultbee started as a landscape artist, but became a sporting painter.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, An Oak Tree struck by Lightning in Dunham Park by John Boultbee (Osgathorpe 1753 – Liverpool 1812), signed and dated 'J. Boultbee 1808'. A stricken oak tree whose skeletal members are strewn in a wood, 16th July 1808. A pair with DUN/P/2;


Bequeathed to the National Trust with the house, estate and all the contents of Dunham Massey by Roger Grey,10th Earl of Stamford (1896 - 1976)

Credit line

Dunham Massey, The Stamford Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions


Makers and roles

John Boultbee (Osgathorpe 1753 – Liverpool 1812), artist

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