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Artist goes on display at Kew Gardens

Published: Tuesday 29th of July 2008

Kew Gardens is showcasing the work of a Victorian artist who captured the beauty of exotic plants in her work.

Marianne North picked up an oil brush at the age of 40 and went on to travel all over the world painting the flora and fauna she found on the way.

There is additional significance in that Ms North also paid for the gallery at Kew Gardens to be built in 1882, in order to house her 832 paintings, reports the Hounslow Chronicle.

Curator Jonathon Farley said: "She was the daughter of a wealthy MP, never married and so kept her fortune and used it to set out one day from her home in Kensington and fill her days with painting places and plants in a very brave way."

Special teams are still amazed by the accuracy of Mr North's paintings and visitors to the exhibition will no doubt agree.

Visitors to Kew Gardens can also walk among the treetops thanks to a recently opened walkway.

London City Pass holders can receive free access to Kew Gardens and enjoy the wonders of nature.

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