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

Art / Photobook Biography / Memoir
By: Vanessa Finney(Author)
220 pages, colour illustrations
Transformations
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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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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

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Biography

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.

Art / Photobook Biography / Memoir
By: Vanessa Finney(Author)
220 pages, colour illustrations
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