Wednesday, 20 February 2013

200 years of Australian botanical art

Currently on show at the National Trust's S H Erwin Gallery in Sydney is an exhibition of botanical art titled Capturing Flora: Passion for the Exotick. This show is a smaller version of a presentation first seen at the Art Gallery of Ballarat late last year. The works in Capturing Flora cover the first 200 years of botanical art inspired by Australian flora. Most of the images come from the Art Gallery of Ballarat collection but the Sydney 'pop-up' includes several works from the National Trust (NSW) collection.

Hand-coloured lithograph of Nymphaea gigantea c.1855

Work includes true botanical art from artists such as Margaret Flockton (NSW flora) and Robert D Fitzgerald (native orchids) to the more decorative images of Ellis Rowan and (the wonderfully named) Fanny de Mole. As ever, the works at the S H Erwin are beautifully hung and displayed. The highlight of the show was the wall of illustrations of different species of Banksia produced for Curtis's Botanical Magazine in the 19th century.

For those with even a passing interest in Australian plants and botanical art should make time to view this fine show curatored by Gordon Morrison

Capturing Flora 15 February - 17 March 2013
S H Erwin Gallery, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am - 5pm
Admission charge

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