Marianne North

A Very Intrepid Painter

Michelle Payne

Michelle Payne

Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

96 pages | 130 color plates | 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9781842464304 Published March 2011 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only

Marianne North was an English naturalist and remarkable botanical artist who traveled to more than a dozen countries in the course of more than a decade spent painting the tropical and exotic plants of the world. Despite having no formal artistic training and a rather unconventional technique, North documented her subjects in situ with a scientific accuracy that continues to impress botanists today. More than eight hundred of her detailed, brightly colored paintings are displayed in Kew's Marianne North Gallery, which was built under her patronage and opened in 1882. 

 

Fully illustrated and including a stunning eight-page fold-out, this engaging and accessible account provides an overview of North's spirited work, life, and travels as well as a concise history of the popular gallery—newly restored and refurbished—where almost all her paintings hang. The Marianne North Gallery is among Kew's finest attractions, and this exquisite volume captures its magic to perfection.

Contents

Part 1: The Marianne North Story
The life of Marianne North
Artistic development
Marianne’s specimens
Part 2: The Travels
North America
Jamaica
Theme: Economic crops
Brazil
Tenerife
Theme: Essential palms
Japan
Singapore
Theme: Fantastic fruits
Borneo
Java
Sri Lanka
Theme: Sacred plants
India
Theme: Medicinal plants
Australia
New Zealand
Theme: Useful plants
South Africa
Seychelles
Chile
Jamaica: Then and now
Sri Lanka: Then and now
Protecting Marianne’s plants
Part 3: The Gallery
The Marianne North Gallery
Restoring the gallery
Conserving the paintings

Map: Marianne North in Kew Gardens

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