Painter Marianne North's obsession with local Borneo vegetation led her to one of the most unusual and rare plants in the world: the flesh-eating pitcher plant, located deep in the forests of Kuching.
Over 800 paintings of flora from around the world decorate the walls of the Marianne North Gallery of London's Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, each one a testament to the extraordinary life of the woman who painted them. In the late 1800s, Marianne North traveled to the far corners of the world in search of exotic botanical life, paintbrush in hand. Her artistry and vision impressed top scientists and her rebellious spirit continues to inspire women to this day. Join us as we celebrate the life and adventures of this gifted Victorian trailblazer.
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