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Choose from 43 images in our Portrait collection.


Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883
Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883
Portrait of William Townsend Aiton (1766 - 1849)
Portrait of William Townsend Aiton (1766 - 1849)
Marianne North by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1800s
Marianne North by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1800s
Robert Fortune
Robert Fortune
William Dallimore
William Dallimore
Nathaniel Wallich FRS (28 January 1786 - 28 April 1854)
Nathaniel Wallich FRS (28 January 1786 - 28 April 1854)
Annie M Gulvin
Annie M Gulvin
Tectona grandis Willd., watercolour on paper
Tectona grandis Willd., watercolour on paper
Walter Fitch, Llewllyn House, Kew
Walter Fitch, Llewllyn House, Kew
Henry Ridley with leopard, 1888-1912
Henry Ridley with leopard, 1888-1912
Carl von Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and taxonomist
Carl von Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and taxonomist
Camassia esculenta, 1832
Camassia esculenta, 1832
Robert Fortune Featured Image

Robert Fortune

Robert Fortune (1812-1880) born in Berwickshire, Scotland, was a botanist and plant-hunter best known for smuggling tea plants out of China at the behest of the East India Company. Following the Treaty of Nanjing in 1842, Fortune was awarded the position of the Society's Collector in China, visiting the region on four occasions, remaining there for two or three years each time. In 1846, he published his journals as Three Years Wanderings in the Northern Provinces of China'. In 1848, he was tasked by the East India Company with collecting tea plants to establish plantations in India, breaking the Chinese monopoly. Disguising himself as a Chinese merchant, he travelled to the remote Fujian, Guangdong, and Jiangsu provinces, regions rarely explored by Westerners, beyond the permissible day's journey from the agreed European treaty ports. The ruling Chinese government had outlawed the purchase of tea plants, but Fortune was able to coordinate the shipment of more than 20, 000 plants and seedlings, in Wardian cases, to the Himalayas, effectively initiating the tea industry in India

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Matilda Smith, botanical artist
Matilda Smith, botanical artist
Henry Fletcher Hance
Henry Fletcher Hance
Adrien Rene Franchet - 1834-1900
Adrien Rene Franchet - 1834-1900
Pere Armand David - 1826-1900
Pere Armand David - 1826-1900
D. Oliver, Otto Stapf, W. Botting Hemsley, J. G. Baker
D. Oliver, Otto Stapf, W. Botting Hemsley, J. G. Baker
Ernest Henry Wilson - May15th 1922
Ernest Henry Wilson - May15th 1922
Joseph Rock and Elizabeth McClintock
Joseph Rock and Elizabeth McClintock
J. A.Simon, gardener at Kew in the 1940's
J. A.Simon, gardener at Kew in the 1940's
Portrait of George Bentham (1800 -1884)
Portrait of George Bentham (1800 -1884)
Richard Spruce
Richard Spruce
Jodrell Laboratory staff, 1963
Jodrell Laboratory staff, 1963
William Thiselton Dyer, Director of Kew
William Thiselton Dyer, Director of Kew
Matilda Smith, botanical artist Featured Image

Matilda Smith, botanical artist

Matilda Smith, Joseph Hooker's second cousin, began training as a botanical artist in 1877, at the age of 23, and remained in Kew's employ for 45 years, producing more than 2300 drawings for Curtis Botanical Magazine. She became the Civil Service's first payrolled botanical artist. In 1916 she became president of the Kew Guild and in 1921 was accepted as an associate of the Linnean Society, only the second woman to receive this honour. Hooker's second cousin, began training as a botanical artist in 1877, at the age of 23, and remained in Kew's employ for 45 years, producing more than 2300 drawings for Curtis Botanical Magazine. She became the Civil Service's first payrolled botanical artist. In 1916 she became president of the Kew Guild and in 1921 was accepted as an associate of the Linnean Society, only the second woman to receive this honour

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Sir William Thiselton Dyer
Sir William Thiselton Dyer
William Thiselton Dyer, Director of Kew Gardens
William Thiselton Dyer, Director of Kew Gardens
The Kew Fire Brigade
The Kew Fire Brigade
H. W. Sayer
H. W. Sayer
Harvesting tea leaves, India
Harvesting tea leaves, India
Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)
Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)
Emile Bretschneider M.D. 1833-1901 - St Petersburg Nov 15 1883
Emile Bretschneider M.D. 1833-1901 - St Petersburg Nov 15 1883
Victor Lemoine c.1899
Victor Lemoine c.1899
W. Botting Hemsley
W. Botting Hemsley
Maurice de Vilmorin
Maurice de Vilmorin
Richard Spruce
Richard Spruce
Alexander Wollaston
Alexander Wollaston
The Kew Fire Brigade Featured Image

The Kew Fire Brigade

The Kew Fire Brigade was operated on a voluntary basis by staff from the Gardens with, from 1882, a station in the Melon Yard on the Kew Road near the southern tip of Kew Green. The service closed down in the 1920's when the Richmond Fire Brigade assumed responsibility for the Gardens

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Sir William Hooker
Sir William Hooker
Some of Kews female staff, 1942
Some of Kews female staff, 1942
Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron
Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron
Miss Cotton posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Kew Gardens, 1923
Miss Cotton posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Kew Gardens, 1923
Kaspar Maria von Sternberg, 1832
Kaspar Maria von Sternberg, 1832
John Hutchinson
John Hutchinson
Joseph Rock (1884-1962)
Joseph Rock (1884-1962)