Beautiful and intricate, this stunning exhibition features faithful reproductions of watercolour paintings by Harriet and Helena Scott.
Uncover the captivating story of these two extraordinary women, whose love of nature and tremendous skill in rendering its beauty enabled them to distinguish themselves amid the male-dominated world of 19th century science. Many of their scientific illustrations are still used by scientists today.
The Scott sisters were among the first to illustrate the life histories and immature stages of Australian moths and butterflies. They were meticulous and understood the biology of their subjects in great detail.
The works featured in the exhibition were created between 1846 and 1851 for their father AW Scott’s landmark publication Australian Lepidoptera and Their Transformations. Considered the finest examples of the sisters’ work, the paintings feature caterpillars in life-like poses, gorgeous butterflies, native flowers and stunning landscapes.
A touring exhibition produced by the Australian Museum.