Ellis Rowan Collection
A collection of 125 exquisite paintings by celebrated Australian artist Ellis Rowan. Rowan painted a range of flowers, plants, bird and butterflies during her career. The Queensland Museum collection focuses on plants and flowers, including spectacular Queensland species like Brisbane Golden Wattle.
Ellis Rowan was one of Australia's most celebrated flower painters. An adventurous, emancipated woman, she trecked to remote parts of Australia and New Guinea in search of subjects to paint. She found the tropical flowers 'more beautiful than all' and made six visits to Queensland between the years 1887 and 1913. Queensland Museum is home to 125 of Ellis Rowan's paintings, which were purchased by the Queensland Government in 1912 from her exhibition at the Town Hall. The paintings were later transferred to the care of the Museum. The paintings are appreciated for their aesthetic value, as well as their role in recording unique flora and fauna from the places to which Ellis Rowan travelled. Rowan painted a range of flowers, plants, birds and butterflies during her career. The Queensland Museum collection focuses on plants and flowers, including spectacular Queensland species like Brisbane Golden Wattle. Rowan had commercial and critical success in Britain and America, where she collaborated on three books and experimented with painting murals, screens and porcelain. The Museum's collection also includes two examples of Royal Worcester porcelain decorated with Ellis Rowan designs.
Australian flora; Australian plants; Botany; Ceramics; Floral painting