Bird of Paradise and Amaryllis. Augusta Withers.

Bird of Paradise and Amaryllis

Withers, Augusta.
Bird of Paradise and Amaryllis.
London, ca. 1830.
21 1/2 x 16 5/16 in.
Original watercolor on artist's board.

Mrs. Augusta Innes Withers (active 1826-1865), the celebrated flower painter, exhibited at the Royal Academy in London from 1829 to 1846, was a member of the Society of Lady Artists and was appointed flower painter to Queen Adelaide in 1833 and flower and fruit painter to Queen Victoria in 1864. Three of her paintings are in the Natural History Museum of London, and a large number of her original watercolors are held in the Lindley Library of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Wilfred Blunt writes: "...Mrs. Withers and Miss Drake deserve a high place among the artists who contributed to these handsome publications. [Transactions of the Horticultural Society, 1805-1848] Together also they illustrated what is probably the finest, and certainly the largest, botanical book ever produced with lithographic plates--James Bateman's Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala." (The Art of Botanical Illustration, p. 214).

Literature & Reproductions: Coates, The Book of Flowers, 105. Rix, The Art of the Plant World, 181, 192-3. Blunt, The Art of Botanical Illustration, plate 39. Scrase, Flowers of Three Centuries: One Hundred Drawings and Watercolours from the Broughton Collection, 98-100. Dunthorne, Flower and Fruit Prints 142, 173, 184, 201.

Item nr. 146401
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