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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."

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 10645230

Date: 12th February 2015

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

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Credit: Copyright RBG Kew

Filename: p108 - 37-216-006318PB20110906T134645.jpg

Image Size: 9328 x 5104 Pixels

Filesize is 13.90MB

Associated Categories: History

Associated Categories: History

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