I have been snowed in for three days so I shall cheer myself up and you too, I hope, with some examples of Miss North's work.
Marianne was forty before she began her odyssey of travel and painting. She produced 832 botanical paintings in thirteen years.
|“Honeyflowers and Honeysuckers”|
Water colour had been the long standing medium for botanical art but in 1867 Marianne received instruction in oils and was enthralled by the effect. Later she met the Australian artist Ellis Rowan who used oils for her botanical work. Marianne was hooked and her delight in the medium is seen in her vivid works.
|"Berry Bearing Tasmanian Shrubs"|
Critics were not as impressed complaining that her colours were almost more vibrant than in life, and her images did not fully illustrate all the plant's distinguishing features. The depictions were, however, accurate and often placed the plant in context with other plants, insects and growing conditions which provided a wealth of information previously unrepresented in botanical art.
In 1882 Marianne donated her works and a new building for them to Kew Gardens in London. She hung all the works herself and the arrangement has been maintained to this day.
|credit Jim Linwood|
After an intense period of work and travel to North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia Marianne's health failed. In 1886 she retired to Mount House in Alderley, Gloucestershire and died four years later but not before creating a beautiful garden which gave her much pleasure.
|Mount House garden|