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Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883
Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883
Henry Ridley
Henry Ridley
The Tea House, Kew Gardens
The Tea House, Kew Gardens
William Barrons Tree Transplanter
William Barrons Tree Transplanter
Waterlily Pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900
Waterlily Pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900
Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898
Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898
William Dallimore
William Dallimore
Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore
Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore
Cinera cum flore
Cinera cum flore
The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens
The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Annie M Gulvin
Annie M Gulvin
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

Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Garden visitors inspect the Demonstration Plot at RBG Kew, during WWII
Garden visitors inspect the Demonstration Plot at RBG Kew, during WWII
William Thiselton Dyer
William Thiselton Dyer
The Birdman, Mr Allaway, 1901
The Birdman, Mr Allaway, 1901
Japanese Gateway, Kew Gardens c.1910
Japanese Gateway, Kew Gardens c.1910
Fructus artischochi
Fructus artischochi
Cymbidium elegans, 1838
Cymbidium elegans, 1838
Walter Fitch, Llewllyn House, Kew
Walter Fitch, Llewllyn House, Kew
Photograph of a Wardian Case, 19th century
Photograph of a Wardian Case, 19th century
Henry Ridley with leopard, 1888-1912
Henry Ridley with leopard, 1888-1912
Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII
Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII
Cymbidium elegans, 1838 Featured Image

Cymbidium elegans, 1838

Watercolour on paper. Original drawing for plate XIV in John Lindley's Sertum orchidaceum: a wreath of the most beautiful orchidaceous flowers; selected by John Lindley, published in 1838. Monochromatic illustration in sepia shows leaves, roots and flowers, with three drawings of flower details above main image. Some discoloration to lower edge of paper. Lindley wrote in his Sertum Orchidaceum, A native of Nepal, where it was discovered by Dr Wallich in 1821. The accompanying figure has been copied from a drawing in the possession of the Honourable Court of Directors of the East India Company, corrected from dried specimens

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

The Kew Gardens Question
The Kew Gardens Question
Portrait of Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865)
Portrait of Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865)
Quercus obtusiloba, 1795-1800
Quercus obtusiloba, 1795-1800
Cattleya superba, 1838
Cattleya superba, 1838
Giant cereus, 1854
Giant cereus, 1854
Carnegiea gigantea, 1854
Carnegiea gigantea, 1854
Carnegiea gigantea, 1862-1865
Carnegiea gigantea, 1862-1865
Metroxylon sagu, 1750
Metroxylon sagu, 1750
Drunken date palm from Gerard The Herball, 1636
Drunken date palm from Gerard The Herball, 1636
Cocos nucifera, coconut palm , 1678
Cocos nucifera, coconut palm , 1678
Areca catechu, 1636
Areca catechu, 1636
Harvesting and processing cinchona bark on a Java plantation
Harvesting and processing cinchona bark on a Java plantation
The Kew Gardens Question Featured Image

The Kew Gardens Question

The Kew Gardens Question. This political cartoon was published in 1878 as part of the ongoing debate as to whether the public should be allowed into the gardens in the mornings, before 1pm. Officially, only botanist and botanical artists were allowed morning access, with the Director's permission. The Kew Gardens Public Rights Defence Association was set up and successfully campaigned against this. The author of the article accompanying this cartoon smuggled himself into a morning session at the Gardens and claimed that those eminent botanists inside were mostly fast asleep in garden chairs and other gentlemen were "engaged in testing the effects of cigar smoke on open-air evergreens."

© RBG KEW

Plate XVI. Gathering Bark in a Peruvian Forest, 1867
Plate XVI. Gathering Bark in a Peruvian Forest, 1867
A cinchona forest in Latin America, 1880
A cinchona forest in Latin America, 1880
Frank Norman Howes, RBG Kew
Frank Norman Howes, RBG Kew
Stella Ross Craig, botanical artist
Stella Ross Craig, botanical artist
Ann Webster, botanical artist, RBG Kew, 1951
Ann Webster, botanical artist, RBG Kew, 1951
Matilda Smith, botanical artist
Matilda Smith, botanical artist
The Royal Botanic Gardens Constabulary
The Royal Botanic Gardens Constabulary
George Appleby
George Appleby
Ernest Henry Wilson
Ernest Henry Wilson
Henry Fletcher Hance
Henry Fletcher Hance
Aubergine
Aubergine
Women gardeners, The Rock Garden, RBG Kew, World War II
Women gardeners, The Rock Garden, RBG Kew, World War II