Her motivations for travel were purely to seek out and paint the native flora and fauna of the various countries she visited. Some of the plants she painted were new to science, and as a result one genus and four species were named in her honour.
Aged 55, Marianne North came home for good. She settled in Gloucestershire, designed a beautiful garden, saw her Kew Gardens Gallery through to fruition and wrote her extensive biography. She died on August 30th 1890.
That she achieved her single-minded, painterly and scientific ambitions with breathtaking results is evident to any visitor who walks through the doors of the refurbished Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens.
For more information about The Marianne North Gallery at Kew, why not visit their website. It will give more details about this beautiful space, as well as opening times, etc. You can find their website here.
-  Quoted by Dea Birkett, “A Victorian Painter of Exotic Flora”, New York Times November 22nd, 1992 and cited in “Introduction” by Susan Morgan to Recollections of a happy life: being the autobiography of Marianne North by Marianne North (The University Press of Virginia, 1993).
-  Morgan, op.cit
-  "Marianne and Kew" article on Kew Gardens’ Marianne North Gallery website.