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The Temperate House- Basement plan of Octagon Building Featured History Image

The Temperate House- Basement plan of Octagon Building

Plan of the Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Basement plan of Octagon Building showing two boilers to warm one wing and Octagon Building

© RBG Kew

Plan of the Temperate House- smoke stacks, 1912 Featured History Image

Plan of the Temperate House- smoke stacks, 1912

Plan of the Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, detailing new smoke stacks for boilers, H.M Office of works, Westminister, January 12th, 1912

© RBG, Kew

Portrait of Sir William Jackson Hooker Featured History Image

Portrait of Sir William Jackson Hooker

Portrait of Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) by Spiridione Gambardella.Painted circa November 1842. Classmark:BO 001.RBG Kew Art and Artefacts Collection. Oil painting: 275mm x 327mm. Printed text on verso of canvas reads: Prepared by Charles Roberson, 51 Long Acre London. Also inscribed in an unknown hand on verso: From this portrait the likeness in the Linnean Society was made Hooker, William Jackson, Sir (1785-1865). Letters in the Kew archives between Hooker and Francis Boott (an American physician and botanist who lived and worked in London) tell the story behind the creation of this painting [Archive ref: DC 63 f.55];[Archive ref: DC 63 f.42];[Archive ref: DC 63 f.39];[Archive ref: DC 63 f.38]

© RBG Kew