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Poppy (Papaver), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Poppy (Papaver), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
The Kew Gardens Question
The Kew Gardens Question
Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901
Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901
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
Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), woodblock print and manuscript on paper, 1828
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."

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