• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 19

    Marian Ellis Rowan (1848-1922)

    Moths: Three hundred and seventy-four moths, in eleven columns, belonging to a wide variety of families

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    Marian Ellis Rowan (1848-1922)
    Moths: Three hundred and seventy-four moths, in eleven columns, belonging to a wide variety of families
    signed 'Ellis Rowan'
    watercolour with bodycolour on green paper
    22 1/8 x 15in. (56.2 x 38.1cm.)


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    This plate, which includes more specimens than any other, depicts many small or even minute species, some belonging to the so-called Microlepidoptera which, to this day, remain very poorly known. Undoubtedly there are literally hundreds of new species still to be recognised from New Guinea, and it is certain that Ellis Rowan has included species yet to be named in this remarkable plate -- which sums up better than any words the idea of tropical biodiversity.

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    Provenance

    Blanche (Bli) Ryan, the artist's sister, and thence by descent to Merlin Montagu Douglas Scott; Christie's London, 16 May 1995, lot 218.