Monday, August 22, 2011

Amazing Display of Botanical Paintings by Marianne North (1830-1890)

Marianne North, photo by Julia Margaret Cameron (in Ceylon around 1878) Wikipedia link
Over 800 of her paintings are in her own special gallery at the Royal Kew Gardens.

Marianne North (1830-1890) began her journey around the world at the age of forty. For 14 years she painted the plants of many different countries and wrote in her diary. When she returned, Marianne oversaw the design and construction of a gallery at the Royal Kew Gardens to house her work. She hung the paintings herself and painted decorative panels around the doors. The gallery opened in 1882. It has recently been renovated. Rocky Mountain Land Library has a nice post about Marianne on their blog, including a video of this amazing gallery at the Royal Kew Gardens and links to two books about this amazing woman. Kew Gardens is 10 miles from central London on the river Thames. My parents used to live near the river Thames and I remember going to visit Kew Gardens a long time ago. Please follow this link to read more and see video:

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