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Background imageKew Library Collection: Tableau Physique des Andes et Pays voisins - Physical Tableau of the Andes and Neighboring Countries

Tableau Physique des Andes et Pays voisins - Physical Tableau of the Andes and Neighboring Countries
This illustration was based on Alexander von Humboldts famous Naturgemälde (nature painting) of 1807, an early infographic that showed variation in the vegetation of the Andes

Background imageKew Library Collection: Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge

Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Dactylopius coccus, cochineal beetles being harvested from Opuntia cacti, Antigua, West Indies, for the production of carminic acid used in the carmine dye, cochineal

Background imageKew Library Collection: Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861

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

Background imageKew Library Collection: The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens

The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens
19th century photograph of The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens. Originally Capability Browns " Hollow Walk" it was created in 1773 and planted with rhododendrons in 1850

Background imageKew Library Collection: Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore

Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore
Extension of original cutting on an old Para rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis - Henry Ridley ( Rubber Ridley ) and rubber tree, tapped for latex

Background imageKew Library Collection: Richard Spruce

Richard Spruce (1817-1893) botanist and plant collector who was commissioned by William Hooker to transfer the cinchona (quinine) industry from South America to India

Background imageKew Library Collection: Marianne North, photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron

Marianne North, photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron
Marianne North photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron in Kalutara, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), 1877. Marianne North met Julia Cameron when she stayed at the photographers home at Kalutara

Background imageKew Library Collection: Richard Spruce

Richard Spruce (1817-1893) botanist, explorer, plant collector

Background imageKew Library Collection: William Andrews Nesfields plan of the Broadwalk at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

William Andrews Nesfields plan of the Broadwalk at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 12th May 1845

Background imageKew Library Collection: Directors House and Garden, Kew. Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer and Harriet Anne Thiselton-Dyer

Directors House and Garden, Kew. Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer and Harriet Anne Thiselton-Dyer (Nee Hoche). He became Assistant Director of Kew in 1875

Background imageKew Library Collection: Lalbagh Botanic Gardens, Bangalore, India

Lalbagh Botanic Gardens, Bangalore, India were established in 1760 by Hyder Ali. Once they came under state control in 1856

Background imageKew Library Collection: Japanese hemp production circa 1910

Japanese hemp production circa 1910. This image came to Kew from the Japan-British exhibition of 1910, which was held to encourage Japanese-British relations

Background imageKew Library Collection: Drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899

Drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899
Workers drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899. Once harvested, the coffee " cherries" were sorted

Background imageKew Library Collection: Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880 s

Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880 s
Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri Lanka, 1880 s. Once the inner bark has been cleaned, the quills are placed one inside another to form quills 1metre long, which are then dried on racks

Background imageKew Library Collection: Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899

Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899

Background imageKew Library Collection: Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet, 1908

Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet, 1908
Tachienlu (now Kanding), West Sichuan, China : Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet. One mans load weighs 317 lbs, the others 298 lbs

Background imageKew Library Collection: Harvesting tea leaves, India

Harvesting tea leaves, India
Harvesting tea leaves, often known as plucking, India. The leaves need to be picked selectively to maintain the quality of the tea and could not be held in the hand long

Background imageKew Library Collection: Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate

Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1882. The plants pictured are 8 -10 years old

Background imageKew Library Collection: C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis photographed at the Botanical Gardens

C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis photographed at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown
C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis, photographed at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown, Guyana (then British Guiana), early 20th century

Background imageKew Library Collection: Sir William Hooker

Sir William Hooker (1785-1865). Botanist, illustrator and the first public Director of Kew Gardens 1841. He also held the post of Regius Professor of Botany in Glasgow in 1820

Background imageKew Library Collection: Miss Cotton posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Kew Gardens, 1923

Miss Cotton posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Kew Gardens, 1923
" Miss Cotton" posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Victoria amazonica, Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, 1923. It is likely that she was the daughter of Arthur Cotton

Background imageKew Library Collection: Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910

Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910
Bell tolled to summon staff to work, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Kolkata, India, circa 1910. The bell is being rung by a Nepali durwan (doorman)

Background imageKew Library Collection: Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880 s

Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880 s. The cinnamon is contained in the inner bark of the tree. Once the shoots have been harvested the outer bark is peeled off by rubbing with a brass rod or blunt

Background imageKew Library Collection: Drying or withering tea leaves

Drying or withering tea leaves
Drying out the tea leaves, known as withering. Approx. 80% of moisture needs to be removed from freshly picked leaves to preserve them and enhance the teas flavour

Background imageKew Library Collection: Packing tea in India

Packing tea in India for export to the west

Background imageKew Library Collection: Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India

Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India. Workers with baskets of tea leaves ready to be processed for export

Background imageKew Library Collection: Tea plantation, Far East

Tea plantation, Far East
Terraces of a tea plantation in the Far East, showing Camellia sinensis var sinensis, used to produce Chinese and green tea. Women harvest the tea leaves, a process known as " plucking"



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