Scientist. Artist. Rule-breaker. The vibrant and daring life of Marianne North by the award-winning author of Super Women and Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World.
In 1882, Marianne North showed the gray city of London paintings of jaw-dropping greenery like they’d never seen before.
As a self-taught artist and scientist, Marianne North subverted Victorian gender roles and advanced the field of botanical illustration. Her technique of painting specimens in their natural environment was groundbreaking. The legendary Charles Darwin was among her many supporters.
Laurie Lawlor deftly chronicles North’s life, from her restrictive childhood to her wild world travels to the opening of the Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens to her death in 1890. The North gallery at Kew Gardens remains open to the public today.
Becca Stadtlander’s award-winning lush, verdant artwork pairs wonderfully with the natural themes.
“Marianne North’s Legacy.” Sources. Source notes. Who’s who. Full-color illustrations were created with black ink, watercolors, and colored pencil.