Ellis Rowan China Collection : Ellis Rowan China Collection at Saumarez Homestead : Marian Ellis Rowan (18481922) was an artist, naturalist and explorer. The collection at Saumarez Homestead includes china decorated with her designs.

Ellis Rowan was a small, strong-willed yet fascinating woman, an enigmatic character who forged her way through life, captivating others while pursuing her ultimate goal - the finding and painting of wildflowers, birds, insects and butterflies of many countries, often for the first time. (Australian Dictionary of Biography) Born into a wealthy upper class Melbourne family, she had some training in water colour technique from John Mather as a girl. She was an extraordinarily independent woman of her time who combined the very different roles of naturalist, writer and explorer with those of an artist. She travelled extensively throughout her life to India, Europe and Papua New Guinea. Her preferred subject matter was the unique flora and fauna associated with the countries she visited.

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Ellis Rowan China Collection
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