The Sheltered Nest

Marian Ellis Rowan

The Sheltered Nest by Marian Ellis Rowan


Marian Ellis Rowan
The Sheltered Nest
watercolour and gouache on paper
52.5 x 27 cm

signed lower left: Ellis Rowan

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Australian Paintings, Leonard Joel, Melbourne, November 1979, lot 716
Private collection, Melbourne

Further Information

Marian Ellis Rowan (1848 - 1922) was a remarkable woman, who blurred the lines between fine art and natural history illustration with artworks characterised not only by their detailed accuracy but also her own compositional charm and touches of dramatic interest, such as the inclusion of insects, adding greater narrative interest and a sense of scale. This artwork is indicative of her skill in giving life to floral subject, here seeming to provide merely a backdrop for the baby birds peering through the curtain of rain; the darkness of their protected nest, highlighted against the bright leaves and berries. This celebrated and prolific artist with her reputation for painting wildflowers is represented in many public collections including significant holdings at the National Library of Australia and the Queensland Museum; as well as the National Gallery of Australia; the National Gallery of Victoria; the Art Gallery of New South Wales; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; the Art Gallery of Western Australia; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Adelaide; the National Herbarium, Melbourne; the National Trust of Australia; the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

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