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Title

Waratahs, New South Wales

(1882)

Artist

Ellis Rowan

Australia

1848 – 1922

  • Details

    Date
    (1882)
    Media category
    Watercolour
    Materials used
    watercolour, opaque white highlights
    Dimensions
    65.7 x 39.2 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Mr F. Storch 1992
    Location
    South Building, ground level, Grand Courts
    Accession number
    76.1992
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Ellis Rowan

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    In her lifetime, Ellis Rowan was one of Australia’s most prolific and best-known professional artists. A self-styled ‘flower hunter’, Rowan travelled through Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and further afield in search of native flowers, which she documented in thousands of natural history paintings.

    'Waratahs, New South Wales' captures a development in Rowan’s practice in which flowers are depicted in their natural environment, rather than as specimens. By painting waratahs in the wild, Rowan emphasises the flowers’ remote location and her intrepid journey to reach them.

    Waratahs are native to New South Wales and were a popular motif in Australian decorative arts. Rowan’s paintings of waratahs and other Australian flora on china homewares were sent to England for copying by the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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