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?


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!


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.


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


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


She also painted landscapes.


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


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.








10 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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  2. Hello Flower Alley, I agree that her work is great. I have been searching for the last few years for a collection of her paintings in book form but can’t find one. I have read Marianne North “Recollections of a happy Life Volume 1 and 2” which is just the text. “A vision of Eden” is an appalling abridged version of “Happy Life” but it does have copies of a number of her paintings. Can you recommend a book which has more images of her work?


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