Kew’s Forgotten Queen – BBC

Perhaps one of the greatest female explorers of all time, Marianne North is one of only a few female scientists to travel the world during the Victorian era. Fired by a passion for painting rare plants, North formed a close relationship with Charles Darwin, discovered four plants that were named after her, met the emperor of Brazil, and traveled to undiscovered territory in Borneo. Ultimately, she created an extraordinary artistic legacy of over a thousand botanical paintings at Kew Gardens in London—the only permanent solo exhibition by a female artist in Britain.

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