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Title

(Flannel flowers)

1879

Artist

Ellis Rowan

Australia

1848 – 1922

  • Details

    Date
    1879
    Media category
    Watercolour
    Materials used
    watercolour, gouache on paper
    Dimensions
    54.4 x 35.1 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., watercolour "Ellis Rowan/ 1879".

    Credit
    Bequest of Evelyn Edith Carr 2007
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    272.2007
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Ellis Rowan

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Ellis Rowan earned an international reputation as a flower painter, naturalist and adventurer in the late nineteenth and early 20th centuries, venturing into remote parts of Australia and further afield, recording the plants and animals she encountered with an energy and intensity unmatched by most other artists of her day.

    Born in Melbourne in 1848, Rowan was exhibiting flower paintings by the early 1870s, her success earning criticism from other artists as undue of for a 'low' art form, and from that time on she worked independently of the fine art establishment.

    Ellis traveled extensively, and wrote accounts of her experiences in Europe, India, America, New Guinea and around Australia; on these trips she produced hundreds of watercolours and gouaches of flora and fauna, meticulously drawn from life. By the time of her death, her fame was widespread, and Federal Parliament posthumously acquired a large collection of her work for the nation.

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