17 August 2021 - 29 October 2021


Undertaking a successful career Marian Ellis Rowan ultimately a painter and naturalist, was initially inspired by the gardens of her youth at Mount Macedon and family connections to government botanist Ferdinand von Mueller, Rowan became a celebrated artist frequently depicting wildflowers and birdlife.

Travelling extensively, she recorded numerous botanical species in Australia; New Zealand; the United Kingdom; the United States of America and Papua and New Guinea. She won numerous awards for her paintings which are characterised by both a detailed accuracy and compositional charm with touches of dramatic interest such as the inclusion of insects.

This exhibition celebrates a collection of delicately detailed flora and fauna works on paper.

View the fully illustrated colour images with essay as a flipbook here

 Alternatively view the fully illustrated colour e-catalogue with essay in PDF format here