Beatrice Orchard Carter

Portrait and biography from Herre, H. The genera of the Mesembryanthemaceae. Tafelberg, Cape Town: 1971, pp. 58–59.

‘Beatrice Orchard Carter was born in King William’s Town in 1889 and was educated there and in East London. She received her first lessons in art in Queenstown, and later she attended the Art School at Cape Town. During and after her student days, she worked for Dr DJ Wood, the oculist, making drawings for his ophthalmic work. In 1926, she was appointed as artist to the Bolus Herbarium, where she worked until her death in 1939. Her death was a great loss to the Bolus Herbarium, as no successor was appointed and much of the work she began remained unfinished.

‘Prof RH Compton, at the time the Director of the National Botanic Gardens at Kirstenbosch, paid her the following tribute in the Journal of the Botanical Society of South Africa, Part XXV, p. 4, 1939: “It is with great regret that we record the death of Miss Beatrice O Carter in November 1939. Miss Carter had been, for many years, on the staff of the Bolus Herbarium, where she devoted herself especially to recording with her skilful pen and brush the details of form and structure of the Mesembryanthemaceae in connection with Dr L Bolus’ comprehensive studies of this vast group… I knew her too, during the days when she and other members of the staff of the Bolus Herbarium came to the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden to investigate the flowering Mesembryanthema, which I had collected on various trips to Namaqualand, and I well remember her wit and kindness.’

– Portrait and biography from Herre, H. The genera of the Mesembryanthemaceae. Tafelberg, Cape Town: 1971, pp. 58–59.

'I well remember her wit and kindness.’