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476. Male and Female Trees of the Coco de Mer in Praslin
476. Male and Female Trees of the Coco de Mer in Praslin
Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883
Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883
The Wardian case, ca 1940- 1950
The Wardian case, ca 1940- 1950
An exact plan of the Royal Palace Gardens and Park at Richmond, 1754
An exact plan of the Royal Palace Gardens and Park at Richmond, 1754
658. Distant View of Mount Fujiyama, Japan, and Wistaria
658. Distant View of Mount Fujiyama, Japan, and Wistaria
Tableau Physique des Andes et Pays voisins - Physical Tableau of the Andes
Tableau Physique des Andes et Pays voisins - Physical Tableau of the Andes
818. Red Water Lily of Southern India
818. Red Water Lily of Southern India
192. Wild Flowers from the Neighbourhood of New York
192. Wild Flowers from the Neighbourhood of New York
23. A Chilian Cactus in flower and its leafless Parasite in frui
23. A Chilian Cactus in flower and its leafless Parasite in frui
16. Wild Flowers of Chanleon, Chili
16. Wild Flowers of Chanleon, Chili
7. A Chilian Stinging Nettle and Male and Female Beetles
7. A Chilian Stinging Nettle and Male and Female Beetles
The Blue Puya and Cactus at home in the Cordilleras by Marianne North
The Blue Puya and Cactus at home in the Cordilleras by Marianne North
Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883 Featured Image

Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883

Photograph of Marianne North (1830-1890), botanical artist, pictured here in Grahamstown, South Africa circa 1883.
Marianne North generally travelled unaccompanied, an extraordinary feat for a Victorian lady, only occasionally using letters of introduction to enable her to stay with the associates of those she met on her travels. Between 1871 and 1879, she visited Canada, the United States, Jamaica, Brazil, Japan, Sarawak, Singapore, Java, Sri Lanka and India. In 1880, Marianne met Charles Darwin, whom she regarded as the greatest man living, the most truthful as well as the most unselfish and modest'. On his suggestions, she set off on a further voyage, this time encompassing Australia and New Zealand. In 1882 she visited Africa, the final continent left unrepresented in her work

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

825. View of the Corcovado Mountain, near Rio de Janerio, Brazil
825. View of the Corcovado Mountain, near Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Indigofera tinctoria (Indigo), 1826
Indigofera tinctoria (Indigo), 1826
Carl von Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and taxonomist
Carl von Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and taxonomist
Microscopical observations of cinchona bark and seedlings, 1862
Microscopical observations of cinchona bark and seedlings, 1862
Marianne North by Julia Margaret Cameron
Marianne North by Julia Margaret Cameron
192. Wild Flowers from the Neighbourhood of New York
192. Wild Flowers from the Neighbourhood of New York
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
17. View of Concon, Chili, with its two Palms
17. View of Concon, Chili, with its two Palms
Vaults at the Millennium Seed Bank
Vaults at the Millennium Seed Bank
Dracula chimaera (Vampire orchid), 1882-1897
Dracula chimaera (Vampire orchid), 1882-1897
Roses (Rosa multiflora or Rosa polyantha), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Roses (Rosa multiflora or Rosa polyantha), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Millennium Seed Bank, (MSB)
Millennium Seed Bank, (MSB)
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861 Featured Image

Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861

Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, photographed on arrival in Ootacamund, southern India, 9 April 1861. Collected by Richard Spruce in Ecuador, the plants were received by WIlliam McIvor, a former Kew gardener, who was superintendent of the Botanic Garden in Ootacamund, where he successfully cultivated the red bark trees. Extracts of the bark of Cinchona produced quinine, a malaria medicine

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst, RBG Kew
Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst, RBG Kew
Livistona mauritiana (chinensis) from the Company School Collection, ca 1700-1800
Livistona mauritiana (chinensis) from the Company School Collection, ca 1700-1800
790. Foliage, Flowers, and Fruit of a Queensland Tree, and Black
790. Foliage, Flowers, and Fruit of a Queensland Tree, and Black
511. Dragon Tree in the Garden of Mr. Smith, Teneriffe
511. Dragon Tree in the Garden of Mr. Smith, Teneriffe
466. Smelt-Fishing at Port Victoria, Mah, Seychelles
466. Smelt-Fishing at Port Victoria, Mah, Seychelles
380. A common Plant on sandy sea-shores in the Tropics
380. A common Plant on sandy sea-shores in the Tropics
376. Male Papaw with Flowers and Imperfect Fruit
376. Male Papaw with Flowers and Imperfect Fruit
374. Looking up Stream from the mouth of the St. Johns River, K
374. Looking up Stream from the mouth of the St. Johns River, K
368. Two Flowering Shrubs of: Natal and a Trogon
368. Two Flowering Shrubs of: Natal and a Trogon
338. Mount Everest or Deodunga, from Sundukpho, North India
338. Mount Everest or Deodunga, from Sundukpho, North India
278. Michelia and Climber of Darjeeling, India
278. Michelia and Climber of Darjeeling, India
193. The American Fall from Pearl Island, Niagara
193. The American Fall from Pearl Island, Niagara
338. Mount Everest or Deodunga, from Sundukpho, North India Featured Image

338. Mount Everest or Deodunga, from Sundukpho, North India

This is believed to be the highest peak of the highest range of mountains in the world ; its estimated height being 29, 002 feet, or about five miles and a half. It is interesting to note in this connection that the deepest sounding obtained on the cr

© RBG KEW

Art, Artist, Deodunga, Landscape, Leaves, Marianne North, Mount Everest, Mountains, North India, Painting

187. View of both Falls of Niagara
187. View of both Falls of Niagara
114. Foliage, Flowers and Fruit of the Pitanga, and Sulphur Butt
114. Foliage, Flowers and Fruit of the Pitanga, and Sulphur Butt
77. Wild Flowers at Morro Velho, Brazil
77. Wild Flowers at Morro Velho, Brazil
59. A Brazilian Climbing Shrub and Humming Birds
59. A Brazilian Climbing Shrub and Humming Birds
30. The Wild Tamarind of Jamaica with scarlet Pod and Barbet
30. The Wild Tamarind of Jamaica with scarlet Pod and Barbet
1. Victoria regia
1. Victoria regia
570. Other Species of Pitcher Plants from Sarawak, Borneo
570. Other Species of Pitcher Plants from Sarawak, Borneo
Seeds stored at the Millennium Seed Bank
Seeds stored at the Millennium Seed Bank
Carnivorous plants
Carnivorous plants
Ficus religiosa Willd. (Peepul, pipal, pipul or bo-tree)
Ficus religiosa Willd. (Peepul, pipal, pipul or bo-tree)
Nelumbium speciosum, Willd. (Lotus)
Nelumbium speciosum, Willd. (Lotus)
Poppy (Papaver), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Poppy (Papaver), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828