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Details 447 came from Caspar David Friedrich's Solitary Oak. Painted in 1822, it's one of the classic statements of the lonesome German romantic tree.

Around the same time, Heinrich Heine wrote a piercing two-verse poem, "Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam", which goes (in Peter Branscombe's literal): "A fir-tree stands alone in the north on a bare height. He is sleepy; ice and snow envelop him with a white blanket.

"He dreams of a palm-tree - who, far away in the east, grieves alone and silent on a burning wall of rock."

The painting is in the Nationalgalerie Staatliche Mussen zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz.

The first three correct entries came from: K Tyason, Nottingham; B Goodliffe, London N3; and J Mann, Cheshire

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