Item #CL174-76 Eupatorium Purpureum. Ellis Rowan, Australian.
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Eupatorium Purpureum

c1897. Gouache, signed lower centre, titled in pencil on image lower right and in ink on slip affixed to lower edge, annotated in pencil verso, 54.8 x 38cm. Slight stains and crinkles to upper portion, minor tears and missing portions to edges.

Annotation reads “Composite family. Eupatorium purpureum. Joe Pye weed.” It is thought the plant may be named after Joe Pye, a Native American healer from New England or jopi, a word in a Native American language, possibly meaning “typhoid”, as the plant was used in the treatment of this illness.

Ellis Rowan was one of Australia’s most adventurous and talented natural history artists, specialising in flowers and birds, and occasionally insects. It is often overlooked that Rowan also painted North American flora and illustrated text-books for American botanist Alice Lounsberry. Ref: Aust. Nat’l Herbarium, Wiki, Dr J. McKay Lecture, Townsville.

Item #CL174-76

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