Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters

A stunning collection of illustrations documenting the butterflies of New South Wales, Transformations is a delight for everyone.

The Australian Museum is turning 190 years old – a truly iconic age for a wonderful building almost as old as Australia itself – and to celebrate they have curated a breathtaking exhibition of the works of Helena and Harriet Scott. 

During the 1850s, sisters Helena and Harriet Scott dedicated their lives to the study and documentation of native butterflies throughout New South Wales. 

Ignoring all social propriety and daring to enter, and excel, in the masculine world of science they produced an unparalleled archive of more than 600 intricate and beautiful paintings and drawings.

It is only fitting that as part of the 190th anniversary of the Australian Museum that they should celebrate the work of not only Australia’s two first female “commercial artists” but also two women who refused to be forced into traditional roles. 

Educational and undeniably beautiful, the work of the Scott sisters is an exhibition of inspiration. There will also be a brand new range of merchandise inspired by the drawings to take home with you and an app that can be downloaded on the website.

Transformations: Art of the Scott sisters is now showing at the Australian Museum until June 25. 

Australian Museum
1 William Street

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