Ref NoMN
TitleMarianne North Papers
DescriptionThe collection contains correspondence in MN/1 (1875-1884) written by Marianne North to various friends and acquaintances both about her travel experiences and the creation of the North Gallery at Kew Gardens. The letters MN/1/3/1, MN/1/3/4 and MN/1/3/10 also include sketches by Miss North. The second series (MN/2) contains 8 plans of the North Gallery (c.1882 & c.1979) at RBG Kew and correspondence relating to the gallery (1882-1938).
Related Material1/ JDH/2/2/3 Letters to Lady Hooker and J D Hooker Vol 3 (JAC-PUT) (ff 892-899) c. after 1877.
This volume contains 2 letters to J.D. Hooker’s second wife dated 19 and 24 May (no year), which were written from Rougham, Norfolk, inviting the Hookers to stay with Marianne.

2/ JDH/2/1/16 Letters to J.D. Hooker MUE-PIT c. 1840s-1900s (ff 133-134)

3/ Letters to J D Duthie Vol 2 (GAN-YOU) (f 125-127) contains 3 letters from Marianne North. These are undated but are probably late 19th C

4/ Letters to W Botting Hemsley Vol 2, c.1882-1883, ff 19-68
This volume contains 50 letters, mostly undated by year, which were written primarily from Miss North’s home in Victoria Street, London, prior to leaving for the Seychelles in September 1883. The first letter is dated 9 Oct 1882 and was written from Cape Town. These letters are primarily concerned with her ongoing painting & the creation of the Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens, relating to both the design of the Gallery and the associated catalogue. Miss North had catalogued her paintings and botanist W.B. Hemsley (1843-1924) assisted her by correcting many of the plants and completing the task of scientifically identifying them.

5/ Directors’ Correspondence (DC):
DC Vol 97 English Letters NAP-OXL 1859-1900 ff 159-189 (c.1879-1889)
DC Vol 151 Chinese & Japanese Letters HANCOCK-Y 1865-1900 f 842 (c.late 19th century)
DC Vol 188 Mascarene Islands Letters 1866-1900 ff 518-521 (1884)

6/ Manuscript draft for the 7th edition of the Official Guide (1960)

7/ Official North Gallery Guides/Catalogue -editions 4 (1886), 5 (1892) & 6 (1914)

8/ Registered Files: KEW 249 North Gallery 1879-1894 concerns the initial setting up of the Gallery and subsequent administration and maintenance matte.; QE 209 Accommodation North Gallery 1936-1968

9/ Goods Inwards volume 1884-1887 a record of plants sent by Miss North (f 420), and volume 1888-1892 (f 59).

10/ Miscellaneous Report Seychelles. Miscellaneous 1918 – 1928

11/ Various books about Marianne North are held in the Main Library at RBG Kew (see library catalogue).

The Illustrations Department also hold several sketches and paintings of Marianne North not exhibited in the Gallery.
Physical DescriptionThe collection consists of manuscript papers some of which have been bound in volumes and flat plans
FormatManuscript papers, plans
DS/UK/88North; Marianne (1830-1890); Miss1830-1890
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