Marianne North’s 1830 – 1890 – Recollections of a happy life – Kew

In 1871 Marianne, at the age of 40, began her astonishing series of trips around the world. She was inspired by earlier travels with her father and the exotic plant collections she saw at Kew. Marianne North was a remarkable Victorian artist who travelled the globe to satisfy her passion for recording the worlds flora with her paintbrush. The result of these epic journeys can be seen in Kew's Marianne North Gallery, where tier upon tier of brightly coloured paintings of flowers, landscapes, animals and birds are arranged. There are 832 paintings, all completed in thirteen years of travel round the world. Marianne was devoted to her father Frederick North who was Liberal MP for Hastings; when he died in 1869 it had a profound effect on her as until then all life had centred on him. In 1871 Marianne, aged 40, began her astonishing series of trips around the world. She was inspired by earlier travels with her father and the exotic plant collections she saw at Kew. Her words on embarking on this new period in her life sum up her excitement: "I had long dreamed of going to some tropical country to paint its peculiar vegetation on the spot in natural abundant luxuriance..." Find out more: http://www.kew.org/collections/art-images/marianne-north/ Website: https://www.kew.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kewgardens Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kewgardens/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kewgardens/