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. Becca Stadtlander's award-winning lush, verdant artwork captures the flora and fauna that North loved so much. This is a celebration of a woman scientist, artist, and rule-breaker who changed the way people saw the natural world.
"Lawlor’s narrative of North’s astounding journeys on steamships, camels, and canoes weaves in direct quotes that capture her irrepressible spirit — 'Did I not paint?... And wander and wonder at everything?' Stadtlander’s vibrant watercolor and ink illustrations capture details — gimlet-eyed crocodiles, patterned carpet bags, a crab scuttling over a paint-smeared palette, 'marauding crows' stealing 'glittering tubes of paint' — that conjure the rich peculiarities of North’s intrepid and privileged life." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||5 - 9|
|Publication Date||May 11, 2021|