Marianne North

Victorian Naturalist, Flower painter and traveller (1830-90). Started her "world travels" as a wealthy spinster at age 41 after the death of her father. Visited and studied plants in Canada, USA, Jamaica, Japan, Borneo, Java, Ceylon, India, Seychelles. Australia, New Zealand, S Africa, Brazil, Chile, Middle East and Europe. Had 4 plant species and 1 genus named after her. Communicated on matters botanical with Charles Darwin.

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Kew Gardens: Donated her collection to the Gardens and, during the 1880's, had a gallery erected there to house them (reopened 2009 after restoration).
Vallée de Mai: Visited during a period of 3 months spent in the Seychelles during 1883. Numerous paintings of Coco de Mer and 1 "famous" one of the Waterfall within the park
Yosemite National Park: Mariposa Grove and Bridal Veil. Painted around 1871. The Grove had been "discovered" in 1857 and the whole area "granted" to California as a "state park" in 1864

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