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Monochrome Collection (#3)

Background imageMonochrome 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 imageMonochrome Collection: J. A. Simon, gardener at Kew in the 1940 s

J. A. Simon, gardener at Kew in the 1940 s, had been a farmer in Alderney, the Channel Islands, before fleeing the German occupation in World War II

Background imageMonochrome 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 imageMonochrome Collection: Some of Kews female staff, 1942

Some of Kews female staff, 1942
Some of Kews female staff are shown here in 1942. Back row (l to r) Jessie F Pedgrift, Violet M Clark, Jean E Sharps, Freda Mundy

Background imageMonochrome Collection: Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II

Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II
Preparing terracotta pots for planting. Women gardeners were employed at Kew during World War II, after an interval of nearly a quarter of a century

Background imageMonochrome Collection: Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron

Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron. The photograph is signed by Darwin with the inscription " I like this photograph very much better than any other which has been

Background imageMonochrome 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 imageMonochrome Collection: Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945

Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Female gardener in springtime, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, WWII (1939-1945)

Background imageMonochrome Collection: John Wilfred Sutch

John Wilfred Sutch, born 8 November 1923, worked as a gardener in the T-Range, Palm House and Arboretum. At the age of 18 he left Kew to join the army

Background imageMonochrome Collection: Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939

Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939
Observation Post in Cambridge Cottage Garden, RBG Kew, autumn 1939. Observation posts, where soldiers were placed to monitor possible enemy movement, were assembled throughout the country

Background imageMonochrome Collection: Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939

Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939
Sandbags protect some of the lower windows and doors at the Herbarium and telephone room, RBG Kew, 1939, during World War II

Background imageMonochrome Collection: C. F. Coates, Aboretum propagator, 1943

C. F. Coates, Aboretum propagator, 1943
C.F. Coates, Arboretum propagator seen here taking a bud from a cutting for grafting onto new stock in 1943

Background imageMonochrome Collection: William Turrill botanising

William Turrill botanising aquatic plants with his vasculum slung over his shoulder. WIlliam Turrill was Keeper of the Herbarium and Library at Kew from 1946-57

Background imageMonochrome Collection: Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923

Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923
This group photograph of " Kewites and wives" was taken in Kampala, Uganda, in 1923. Second from the right: John Davenport Snowden, with his wife, centre

Background imageMonochrome 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 imageMonochrome Collection: House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia

House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia
House of Walter Haydon, appointed curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia in 1894. The house was built for him on site so that he could always command a view of all the ground under

Background imageMonochrome 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 imageMonochrome 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 imageMonochrome Collection: Packing tea in India

Packing tea in India for export to the west

Background imageMonochrome 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 imageMonochrome 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"

Background imageMonochrome Collection: W. Botting Hemsley

W. Botting Hemsley, 29 Dec 1843 - Oct 7 1924 - (1893) botanist




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