Margaret Mee

Margaret Mee was born in England in 1909 but moved to Brazil in the early 1950s where she became fascinated with the exotic flora and soon started to venture into the Amazonian rainforest, searching for exciting plants to paint. This seemingly frail, petite woman went on challenging trips into the Amazon and would sketch specimens in situ, often bringing them back to Rio so that they could be cultivated. She brought back hundreds of valuable plants, nine of which were previously unknown species and were subsequently named after her. Margaret Mee’s influence has been profound. Her travels and passionate advocacy for conservation have inspired many others to paint in the wild, directly from nature, while her work has encouraged environmentalists to lobby for nature reserves and to slow the destruction of the rainforest.
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Margaret Mee was born in England in 1909 but moved to Brazil in the early 1950s where she became fascinated with the exotic flora and soon started to venture into the Amazonian rainforest, searching for exciting plants to paint. This seemingly frail, petite woman went on challenging trips into the Amazon and would sketch specimens in situ, often bringing them back to Rio so that they could be cultivated. She brought back hundreds of valuable plants, nine of which were previously unknown species and were subsequently named after her. Margaret Mee’s influence has been profound. Her travels and passionate advocacy for conservation have inspired many others to paint in the wild, directly from nature, while her work has encouraged environmentalists to lobby for nature reserves and to slow the destruction of the rainforest.