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Transformations: Harriet and Helena Scott, Colonial Sydney's Finest Natural History Painters
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Vanessa Finney
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Transformations: Harriet and Helena Scott, Colonial Sydney's Finest Natural History Painters

Vanessa Finney


9781742235806

New South Books


History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900;
Painting & paintings;
Individual artists, art monographs;
Animals & nature in art (still life, landscapes & seascapes);
Mathematics & Sciences;
Advocate - Science


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220 pages

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The fascinating story of the Scott sisters, who transformed nature into art in their extraordinary paintings of butterflies and moths, is told here for the first time.

With their collecting boxes, notebooks and paintbrushes, Harriet and Helena Scott entered the masculine worlds of science and art and became two of nineteenth-century Australia's most prominent natural history painters.

Transformations tells the complete story of the Scott sisters for the first time - their early lives in colonial Sydney, their training as naturalists and artists on the isolated Ash Island in the Hunter River near Newcastle, and their professional triumphs. This is a rare pictorial record of two talented and determined women who transformed nature into art in their extraordinary paintings of Australian butterflies and moths.

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By:   Vanessa Finney
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 210mm, 
ISBN:   9781742235806
ISBN 10:   1742235808
Pages:   220
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introduction 1. `Bird mad, shell mad and insect mad' 2. Mr Scott's clever daughters 3. The Blue Notebook 4. On Ash Island 5. Australian Lepidoptera and Their Transformations, Volume 1 6. Last days at Ash Island 7. `We are now business people' 8. `The last of the artist-naturalists' Epilogue

Vanessa Finney is a curator, historian and archivist. At the Australian Museum she manages the country's oldest and largest natural history archives and rare books collection.

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