AUGUSTA INNES WITHERS
Mrs. Augusta Innes Withers (nee Baker) was a noted botanical
painter, contributing to Benjamin Maund's ”Botanist•, the
”Transactions of the Horticultural•” Society and the ”Illustrated
Bouquet" (1857-1863). She was appointed Flower painter
to Queen Adelaide and later to Queen Victoria. She and Miss Drake
illustrated James Bateman's monumental work on orchids,
Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala (1837©41).
J. C. Loudon, writing in the ”Gardener's Magazine in 1831 praised her 'high talents and great industry': 'to be able to draw flowers botanically, and fruit horticulturally, that is, with the characteristics by which varieties and subvarieties are distinguished, is one of the most useful accomplishments of your ladies of leisure, living in the country. It is due to Mrs. Withers of Grove Terrace, Lisson Grove, to state her talents for teaching these objects are of the highest order...'