Ellis Rowan - painter, naturalist, writer and explorer- was an extraordinary woman for her era. Petite, plucky and always dressed immaculately, for almost 50 years she travelled to the remote parts of Australia, India, Europe, America and New Guinea in pursuit of exotic flowers and wildelife to paint. Over 3000 works testify to her prodigious output. Unabashedly ambitious, throughout her life she used her social connections to promote her work which was internationally acclaimed and collected by royalty. For all her accolades however Rowan's reputation was contentious, even after her death. It is hoped that The Flower Hunter will help establish her rightful place in Australian art.
Published by the The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney