Mrs Augusta Innes Withers (British, 1792–1877)

A white hen with her chicks

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Signed and inscribed on pink ribbon: Mrs Withers 26 Grove Place. Delt., watercolour with gum arabic

12 x 23.9 cm

The artist was the daughter of a chaplain to the Prince Regent and became Botanical Painter to Queen Adelaide.

Henry Rogers Broughton succeeded his older brother, Urban Huttlestone Broughton, as 2nd Baron Fairhaven in 1966. He was born in the United States and was educated at Harrow before joining the Royal Horse Guards in 1920. Both brothers were great collectors, and Henry put together one of the largest twentieth-century collections of paintings, drawings, gouaches and miniatures. He left a large bequest of 120 flower paintings, over 900 watercolours and drawings and 44 volumes of drawings by botanical artists such as Redouté and Ehret to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – the Broughton Bequest.

Provenance: Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Baron Fairhaven (1800– 1973)