Augusta Withers (1792-1869)
'The illustrated bouquet, consisting of figures with descriptions of new flowers Vol. 3'
Published by E.G. Henderson & Son
NAL Pressmark: 48.B.31 (Plate LXXVIII 'Methonica')
When Augusta Withers died destitute and alone in 1869, her work was largely unacknowledged and valueless, but she was perhaps one of the greatest of all the illustrators, able to tackle any kind of plant and flower. In her prime she produced hundreds of drawings and paintings for journals and worked on the colossal Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala by James Bateman.