ELLIS ROWAN - Watercolour (1)

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 Frame. 12.5 " x 17" Art 5.5" x 10".

ELLIS ROWAN - Watercolour 1

Very famous female ARTIST who was born in Melbourne in 1848 and died in Macedon in Victoria in 1922.

Ellis Rowan is represented in the National Library, Canberra with 952 studies of Australian & New Guinea Flora & Fauna.

In 1923, a year after her death, her surviving collection of 952 paintings was offered to the Australian government by her estate. The offer was debated in the House of Representatives. Parliament eventually agreed on a price of 5000 pounds for the paintings, half the asking price, and they became the property of the Australian Commonwealth. The collection was stored in the vaults of the Federal Treasury in Melbourne until 1933, when custody was transferred to the Commonwealth National Library. The paintings are now housed at the National Library of Australia. A further fifty-two paintings are held at the Queensland Museum. The Australian Club in Melbourne, one of that city's oldest and most venerable establishments, has a room with the walls entirely covered in murals by her, painted as a result of a commission from the Club.

Her portrait by Sir John Longstaff, paid for by public subscription, was unveiled in 1929. It was the first national portrait of an Australian woman.