Mee is remembered for her minutely detailed paintings of flowers fom
Brazilian forests. Her collection of Amazon flower paintings resides at the Royal
Botanical Gardens, Kew, near London. Another large collection is kept by the Instituto
de Botânica in São Paulo Brasil while many others are with individual
and institutions worldwide.
Margaret was born in England and trained as an artist in London. She moved to
Brazil in 1952 and spent thirty six years of her life there with Greville Mee
and although they were not married she used his name. Eventually they married
in secret in London in 1984. Margaret died in a car [automobile] accident in the
county of Leicestershire England in 1988.
In the early years of her life she was an commited activist for the Communist
Party in London and though some of her political views mellowed later she was
never afraid of calling for the conservation of the natural world, the Amazon
forests and their wealth of animals and plants in particular.
Morrison first encountered Margaret's remarkable story in 1970 soon after she
had settled in Rio de Janeiro. See more in The Face behind the Flowers.
Some years later and with Margaret's support Tony created a theme designed for
television and a book - published less than a month before she died - In
Search Of Flowers of the Amazon Forests - Nonesuch Expeditions,
1988 . The generic title for the project was Margaret Mee's Amazon.