My Hero, Marianne North

My dreams are to be an artist and a plant hunter.

So, it is only fitting that I stumbled across this book in the middle of the night.

When I can’t sleep I do one of two things.

I play the app game, “Name That Bird” or I search through sample books on my Nook.

Who could resist this cover page?

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After reading a sample of Marianne’s adventures, I was hooked.

She was an artistic, female version of Charles Darwin, another hero of mine.   The two knew each other!

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I then ordered the Nook book Abundant Beauty.   No hard copies available on-line.

Her earlier book, Recollections of a Happy Life, is free as an e-book.

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The paperback book, Marianne North: A Very Intrepid Painter, by Michelle Payne can be purchased.

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Marianne traveled around the world in the 1800’s painting exotic plants, flowers, fruits, insects, birds and animals.

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She also painted landscapes.

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When she returned home, she donated a building in Kew Gardens to house all her paintings.

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She wanted to include a snack bar (tea room) but they wouldn’t allow that.

What an adventurous and talented woman, who was way ahead of her time.

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6 thoughts on “My Hero, Marianne North

  1. Wonderful paintings even the landscape. I just found this books here in Sweden:

    Marianne North by Michelle Payne
    Recollections of a happy Life Volume 1 and 2
    Some further recollections of a happy Life; selected from the Journals of Marianne North, chiefly between the years 1859 and 1869
    The Marianne North paintings by Ian McKeever
    Margaret Mee – Marianne North: Exploratrices Intrepides

    That´s not to bad 😀

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