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Margaret Mee and Roberto Burle Marx in his home in Rio de Janeiro, 1988

Photograph: South American Pictures, Tony Morrison
Margaret Mee and Roberto Burle Marx in his home in Rio de Janeiro, 1988

Margaret Mee and landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx met in 1958 during one of Mee’s first exhibitions of her botanical art in Brazil. This led to a lifelong friendship; Mee often sketched plants from Marx’s garden, and the two shared a love and artistic focus on local flora.

 

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Mee sketching a heliconia, 1967
Mee sketching a heliconia, 1967

Photograph: Otis Imboden/National Geographic Creative

Mee handling a plant specimen while on her fourth expedition, 1967
Mee handling a plant specimen while on her fourth expedition, 1967

Photograph: Otis Imboden/National Geographic Creative

Margaret Mee sketching in the Amazon rainforest, Rio Negro, 1988
Margaret Mee sketching in the Amazon rainforest, Rio Negro, 1988

Photograph: South American Pictures, Tony Morrison

Margaret Mee sketching Selenicereus wittii Anavilhanas, 1988, Rio Negro, Amazon
Margaret Mee sketching Selenicereus wittii Anavilhanas, 1988, Rio Negro, Amazon

Photograph: South American Pictures, Tony Morrison

Margaret Mee sketching Selenicereus wittii, nighttime, 1988, Rio Negro, Amazon
Margaret Mee sketching Selenicereus wittii, nighttime, 1988, Rio Negro, Amazon

Photograph: South American Pictures, Tony Morrison

Margaret Mee sketching Selenicereus wittii Anavilhanas on the roof of a boat, 1988, Rio Negro, Amazon
Margaret Mee sketching Selenicereus wittii Anavilhanas on the roof of a boat, 1988, Rio Negro, Amazon

Photograph: South American Pictures, Tony Morrison

Margaret Mee and Roberto Burle Marx in his home in Rio de Janeiro, 1988
Margaret Mee and Roberto Burle Marx in his home in Rio de Janeiro, 1988

Photograph: South American Pictures, Tony Morrison