Decorative urn featuring portraits of Colonial Victorian women nature artists, Ellis Rowan and Fanny Ann Charsley, 2021
Constructed paper mâché base, gesso primer, coloured inks and gold acrylic paint
43h x 28w x 28d cm
$1200 (plus postage, handling and insurance within Australia)
Taking inspiration from colonial Victorian decorative arts and crafts which applied Australian flora and fauna motiifs, this work is a colourful homage to two remarkable female colonial nature artists. I have depicted both artists sketching flowers and birds in the landscape, Ellis Rowan (1848-1922) at her home on Mt Macedon (with Mt Alexander in the background) and Englishwoman Fanny Ann Charsley (1828-1915) from the terrace of the Botanic Gardens overlooking the Yarra River, where she produced delicate flower studies for Baron Von Mueller. The base of the work features fern motifs, , alluding to the fern collecting craze of the time. The urn is topped with a lid featuring a circular Yarra River scene and a blue budgie surrounded by ferns.
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