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  Margaret Mee 03 December 2004  
Image: Gustavia Pulchra from the Rio Negro region painted by Margaret Mee in 1979
The Mother Theresa of the rainforests

British born Margaret Mee spent over thirty years, from the 1950s to the 1980s, drawing the flowers and plants of the Brazilian rainforests; many of which are now extinct due to deforestation.

Her life was cut short by a car crash on one of her return visits to Britain in 1988. However her memory is preserved in her drawings which remain both botanically important and also fetch handsome prices at auction.

Martha talks to Christina Lamb who is currently writing a biography of Margaret Mee and Professor Gren Lucas, former keeper at the herbarium at Kew where many of her paintings are on display.

Margaret Mee's Amazon
Antique Collector's Club

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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