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The Flowering Amazon: Margaret Mee Paintings from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Flowering Amazon: Margaret Mee Paintings from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

By Ruth L. A. Stiff et al. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2004. 78pp.; 70 color figs.; 9 X 12". Pictorial stiff paper cover. ISBN 1-84246-077-3. Copies can be purchased from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, at their Web site (http://www.kewbooks.com/).


Published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to accompany an exhibition touring the United States, this catalogue features 26 paintings by the talented British artist Margaret Ursula Mee (1909–1988) made during her 15 trips to the Amazon. The catalogue includes a foreword by Professor Peter Crane, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; an introduction by Ruth L. A. Stiff, curator of Kew's North American exhibitions; a brief history of Kew by Ray Desmond, its former chief librarian and archivist; biographical essays of Mee by Dr. Simon Mayo, senior botanist at Kew, and by Dr. Brinsley Burbridge, director of the St. Croix Botanical Garden; a description of Mee's legacy by Dr. Shirley Sherwood, renowned contemporary botanical art collector; a brief biography of British explorer and plant collector Richard Spruce, who inspired Mee; and a short bibliography.


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