Clara Maria Pope (1768-1838)
'A monograph on the genus Camellia'
Published by J.&A.A. Cornhill
(NAL Pressmark: 110.A.22). 'Anemone flowered or Waratah camellia'.
Clara Popewas a gifted miniaturist and portraitist who exhibited at the Royal Academy, but it was her botanical illustrations which meant the most to her. After contributing to Botanical Magazine she was asked by William Curtis to illustrate his monumental work A monograph on the genus Camellia. Although these beautiful, detailed paintings are as accomplished as any of her contemporaries, Clara Pope's name is now largely forgotten.