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The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew recently opened an exhibit featuring the work of artist John Day, who "painted hundreds of exquisite watercolours of the newly discovered orchids that were entrancing Victorian society." Visitors to the virtual exhibit available in this Web site can view dozens of these watercolors in four online galleries: Tropical America, Tropical Asia, Europe and Afro-Madagascar, and John Day's Orchids. Informative descriptions accompany each image, which touch on natural history, Victorian history, and John Day himself. The Web site also offers a series of short essays on orchid collecting history and conservation.
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