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Background imageHistory Collection: Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883

Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883
Photograph of Marianne North (1830-1890), botanical artist, pictured here in Grahamstown, South Africa circa 1883. Marianne North generally travelled unaccompanied

Background imageHistory Collection: Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898

Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898
Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, pictured in 1898, at RBG Kew. By 1902 all the women gardeners had left to take up horticultural posts elsewhere

Background imageHistory Collection: The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens

The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens
19th century photograph of The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens. Originally Capability Browns " Hollow Walk" it was created in 1773 and planted with rhododendrons in 1850

Background imageHistory Collection: Tableau Physique des Andes et Pays voisins - Physical Tableau of the Andes and Neighboring Countries

Tableau Physique des Andes et Pays voisins - Physical Tableau of the Andes and Neighboring Countries
This illustration was based on Alexander von Humboldts famous Naturgemälde (nature painting) of 1807, an early infographic that showed variation in the vegetation of the Andes

Background imageHistory Collection: Marianne North by Julia Margaret Cameron

Marianne North by Julia Margaret Cameron
The artist Marianne North photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron, circa 1877, Ceylon

Background imageHistory Collection: An exact plan of the Royal Palace Gardens and Park at Richmond, 1754

An exact plan of the Royal Palace Gardens and Park at Richmond, 1754
Engraving representing An exact plan of of the Royal Palace Gardens and Park at Richmond with Sion House on the opposite side o the River Thames

Background imageHistory Collection: Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge

Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Dactylopius coccus, cochineal beetles being harvested from Opuntia cacti, Antigua, West Indies, for the production of carminic acid used in the carmine dye, cochineal

Background imageHistory Collection: Carl von Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and taxonomist

Carl von Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and taxonomist
Swedish botanist and taxonomist Carl von Linnaeus (Carolus von Linnaeus, later Carl von Linne) 1707-1778. Artist: Mrs Anderson (fl. 1858)

Background imageHistory Collection: The Wardian case, ca 1912-1959

The Wardian case, ca 1912-1959
Image of a horticulturalist packing plants into a Wardian Case ready for transportation. The Wardian case was a portable airtight greenhouse developed by Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward to protect live plant

Background imageHistory Collection: 506. Dragon Tree at Orotava, Teneriffe

506. Dragon Tree at Orotava, Teneriffe
This is the largest descendent of the famous tree of which a short history is given under 511

Background imageHistory Collection: Barrons Tree Transplanter

Barrons Tree Transplanter
A 19th century horse drawn machine used to move trees up to 20m

Background imageHistory Collection: Wardian case in use

Wardian case in use
The Wardian case was used to protect and transport plants. It was invented by Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward (1791-1868)

Background imageHistory Collection: 511. Dragon Tree in the Garden of Mr. Smith, Teneriffe

511. Dragon Tree in the Garden of Mr. Smith, Teneriffe
The Dragon Tree, or more correctly the Dragons Blood Tree (Dracaena Draco, L.), is a native of Teneriffe, and is one of the most celebrated trees in the annals of natural history

Background imageHistory Collection: Liberian coffee in Ceylon (Plate I), 1878

Liberian coffee in Ceylon (Plate I), 1878
Illustration depicting a man standing with a shrub of Coffea liberica, and a withered specimen of Coffea arabica infected with Hemileia vastatrix

Background imageHistory Collection: Waterlily Pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900

Waterlily Pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900
The waterlily pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900. The pond was one of Sir William Thiselton-Dyers additions, heated by condensed steam from the local water supply

Background imageHistory Collection: Francis Bauer 1758 - 1840, Botanical Illustrator

Francis Bauer 1758 - 1840, Botanical Illustrator
Portrait of Francis Bauer (1758-1840), F.R.S. F.L.S, oil on canvas, ca. early 19th century. Unknown artist. 920 mm x 700 mm

Background imageHistory Collection: The Palm House

The Palm House
Archival photograph of the Palm House

Background imageHistory Collection: planting bulbs on the Broadwalk

planting bulbs on the Broadwalk

Background imageHistory Collection: The Great Pagoda, (exterior)

The Great Pagoda, (exterior)
Sir William Chambers first published this design of the Pagoda in 1763 in his Plans, elevations, sections, and perspective views of the gardens and buildings at Kew in Surry

Background imageHistory Collection: A View of the Wilderness with the Alhambra, the Pagoda and the

A View of the Wilderness with the Alhambra, the Pagoda and the
Illustration from William Chambers 1763 publication, Plans, elevations, sections, and perspective views of the gardens and buildings at Kew in Surry. Engraving on paper

Background imageHistory Collection: Thomas Drummond A. L. S. (1793-1835)

Thomas Drummond A. L. S. (1793-1835)
Portrait of Thomas Drummond (1793-1835), coloured chalk on paper, by Daniel Macnee (1806-1882). Drummond was born in Angus c. 1793. He was the first Curator of Belfast Botanic Garden, 1828-31

Background imageHistory Collection: Group portrait showing Women Gardeners

Group portrait showing Women Gardeners
Photograph showing eight gardening staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, including the first two women gardeners, in work uniform. Photograph taken in the Rock Garden, c.1898

Background imageHistory Collection: Portrait of George Bentham (1800 -1884)

Portrait of George Bentham (1800 -1884)
George Bentham (1800-1884), CMG, LLD, FRS, PLS (copy of a portrait by Lowes Cato Dickinson) by Emily Mary Merrick (attributed to) Portrait of George Bentham (1800-1884)

Background imageHistory Collection: Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861

Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, photographed on arrival in Ootacamund, southern India, 9 April 1861. Collected by Richard Spruce in Ecuador, the plants were received by WIlliam McIvor

Background imageHistory Collection: Marianne North by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1800s

Marianne North by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1800s
Photographic portrait of Marianne North by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1800s

Background imageHistory Collection: Tableau physique des Andes et pays voisins - Physical Tableau of the Andes and Neighboring Countries

Tableau physique des Andes et pays voisins - Physical Tableau of the Andes and Neighboring Countries
" Physical Tableau of the Andes and Neighboring Countries (Tableau physique des Andes et pays voisins), " in Alexander von Humboldt and Aim

Background imageHistory Collection: Carl von Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and taxonomist

Carl von Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and taxonomist
Line and stipple engraving of Carl Linnaeus by Charles Edward Wagstaff, after Magnus Hallman Stipple.Linnaeus wears the Swedish Order of the Polar Star

Background imageHistory Collection: The Temperate House- plan no 9

The Temperate House- plan no 9
Plan of the Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Background imageHistory Collection: Plan of the Palm House, 1860

Plan of the Palm House, 1860
Plan of the Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1860

Background imageHistory Collection: Portrait of William Townsend Aiton (1766 - 1849)

Portrait of William Townsend Aiton (1766 - 1849)
Lithograph portrait of William Townsend Aiton

Background imageHistory Collection: From top of Choonjerma Pass. 15, 000ft looking West over Nepal, snows, 1848

From top of Choonjerma Pass. 15, 000ft looking West over Nepal, snows, 1848
Pencil sketch from top of Choonjerma Pass [Mirgin La Pass]. 15, 000ft looking West over Nepal. Illustrated by Joseph Dalton Hooker, 1848

Background imageHistory Collection: Sea of mist from 16, 000ft elevation, from Choonjerma Pass, 1854

Sea of mist from 16, 000ft elevation, from Choonjerma Pass, 1854
Watercolour of a Sea of mist from 16, 000ft elevation from Choonjerma Pass [Mirgin La Pass] by Walter Hood Fitch, 1854

Background imageHistory Collection: 24, 000ft Junnoo from Choonjerma Pass, 16, 000ft. East Nepal, 1854

24, 000ft Junnoo from Choonjerma Pass, 16, 000ft. East Nepal, 1854
Watercolour sketch of Junnoo [Kumbhakarna] from Choonjerma Pass [Mirgin La Pass] by Walter Hood Fitch, 1854

Background imageHistory Collection: The Cinchona Region of South America, 1862

The Cinchona Region of South America, 1862
The shaded area indicates the native distribution of cinchona trees in the Andes. From Peruvian Bark: A Popular Account of the Introduction of Chinchona Cultivation into British India, 1860-1880

Background imageHistory Collection: Lycaste aromatica, 1827

Lycaste aromatica, 1827
Illustration of Lycaste aromatica by Robert Kaye Greville and engraved by Joseph Swan. Artwork from Exotic flora: containing figures and descriptions of new

Background imageHistory Collection: William Andrews Nesfields plan of the Broadwalk at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

William Andrews Nesfields plan of the Broadwalk at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 12th May 1845

Background imageHistory Collection: William Aiton (1731-1793)

William Aiton (1731-1793)
Portrait of William Aiton (1731-1793), holding a plant in his right hand (species of Aitonia), and a magnifying glass in his left

Background imageHistory Collection: Elizabeth Aiton (c. 1740-1826)

Elizabeth Aiton (c. 1740-1826)
Portrait of Elizabeth Aiton (c.1740-1826), wife of William Aiton (1731-1793)

Background imageHistory Collection: Portrait of William Aiton (1731-1793), holding a plant (Aitonia)

Portrait of William Aiton (1731-1793), holding a plant (Aitonia) in his right hand, and a hand lens in his left

Background imageHistory Collection: The Temperate House - plan no 30

The Temperate House - plan no 30
Plan of the Temperate House showing octagons details

Background imageHistory Collection: The Temperate House- plan no 22

The Temperate House- plan no 22
Plan of The Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, showing the section through the lower cornice and gutter

Background imageHistory Collection: The Temperate House, plan no 1

The Temperate House, plan no 1
Plan showing the Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Background imageHistory Collection: The Temperate House- plan no 4

The Temperate House- plan no 4
Plan of the Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Background imageHistory Collection: The Temperate House- plan no 5

The Temperate House- plan no 5
Plan of the Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Background imageHistory Collection: New wing to Temperate House- plan no 5

New wing to Temperate House- plan no 5
Plan showing new wing to the Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Background imageHistory Collection: The Temperate House- plan no 8

The Temperate House- plan no 8
Plan of the Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Background imageHistory Collection: The Temperate House- plan no 8A

The Temperate House- plan no 8A
Plan of the Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Background imageHistory Collection: The Temperate House, plan no 10

The Temperate House, plan no 10
The Temperate House- elevation showing principal entrances




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