Beautifully illustrates the botanical work of Marg aret Mee, the premier female explorer of the Brazilian rainforest, depicting many of the flower s she painted in her thirty years of expeditions to the Amazon.
Margaret Mee (1909-1988) worked as a draughtsman for De Havilland during the Second World War and afterwards retrained at St. Martin's School of Art and Camberwell School of Art where she studied under Victor Pasmore. Her first of many expeditions to the waterways of Amazonia was in 1956 when she was forty-seven; her last was in 1988, aged seventy-nine. She was tragically killed in a road accident in England. Recognition of her work came in the form of financial support from the Brazilian government, the National Geographic Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1976 she was awarded an M.B.E., and in 1979 the Order of Cruzeiro do Sul (Brazil) for her services to botanical research.