This is a must visit at Kew. Marianne North was born in 1830 and traveled around the world painting. She donated 833 paintings to Kew which asked that she donate a building to contain them as well. Amazing, a woman of her times travelling with that huge flouncy skirt through tropical weather, getting seasick on ships over long journeys to paint exotic plant collection.
The painting were recently restored by Kew. During the restoration, a hidden painting was discovered, behind a backing board. I only discovered this on Kew website after my return. So I’m not sure what was the hidden painting or why Ms North hid it? Maybe you can let me know next time you visit.