Its International Women's day and what better way to celebrate than with a little more information on a very inspirational woman who has inspired our latest range of prints as part of the OHS x KEW RBG collaboration- Marianne North.
Marianne was a remarkable Victorian artist and botanist who travelled the world, breaking conventions and discovering new species of fauna and flora. Rather than falling into the traditional role of a Victorian women, Marianne travelled often alone (which was frowned upon at the time) across many countries which were virtually unknown to many Europeans.
Over her 14 years of global travel and adventure she created 848 paintings and even documented species that were not previously known to science. Scientists all over the world respected her work, notably Charles Darwin. She even had one genus and four species named in her honour, including Kniphofia Northiae (or more commonly known as The Red Hot Poker.
Our latest range with Kew has been created using inspiration from their archives and samples of Marianne's painting's which we have been given exclusive access to by Kew. A percentage of every sale from this range goes towards the vital work carried out at Kew into climate change research, conservation and preservation of natural habitats.
The collection of her paintings is held permanently at The Royal Botanic Gardens, KEW and they are truly stunning, we would recommend anyone to visit.