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What It Took to Travel the World Solo as a 19th-Century Woman

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What It Took to Travel the World Solo as a 19th-Century Woman

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Marianne North was not your typical Victorian noblewoman content to simply enjoy the comforts of British high society. Instead, an itch for traveling propelled her all over the globe, visiting 12 countries in just six years.

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Over 800 paintings of flora from around the world decorate the walls of the Marianne North Gallery of London's Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, each one a testament to the extraordinary life of the woman who painted them. In the late 1800s, Marianne North traveled to the far corners of the world in search of exotic botanical life, paintbrush in hand. Her artistry and vision impressed top scientists and her rebellious spirit continues to inspire women to this day. Join us as we celebrate the life and adventures of this gifted Victorian trailblazer.

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