A Very Intrepid Painter - Second Edition
Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
After the death of her beloved father, North made a fearless decision to venture out on her own—something few women dared to do at the time—with a goal of recording as many tropical and exotic plants as possible. Taking a different approach than the botanical artists of the time, which favored solitary plants and soft water colors, North often painted entire landscapes using bold, hearty oil paints. She produced a staggering 833 paintings, nearly all of which are now housed in an eponymous gallery at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Marianne North: A Very Intrepid Painter provides an overview of her life and adventures, as well as the history and restoration of her gallery. The beautiful gift book details North’s life and travels, and this new edition’s larger format allows her stunning images to truly shine. It’s a fitting collection for one of the world’s greatest botanical explorers.
Part 1 The Marianne North Story
The life of Marianne North
Part 2 The Travels
Jamaica—then and now
Sri Lanka—then and now
Conserving Marianne’s plants
Part 3 The Gallery
A gift the nation
The restoration of a botanical gem
Conserving Marianne’s paintings