• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 269

    Marian Ellis Rowan (1848-1922)

    Moths: Twenty-five smaller moths, belonging to several families

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    Marian Ellis Rowan (1848-1922)
    Moths: Twenty-five smaller moths, belonging to several families
    watercolour with bodycolour on grey-green paper
    22 1/8 x 15in. (56.2 x 38.1cm.)


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    This appears to be an incomplete plate that was perhaps destined to have depicted 150 or more specimens. It also gives a plausible insight into how Ellis Rowan built up the plates, starting with the centre column, and then perhaps adding columns to the right and left alternately, to fill the sheet.

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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 221.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the illustrations in the printed catalogue for lots 269 and 270 have been transposed. The images on-line are correct.