- Curator talk
Exhibition Preview & Talk
The Artist & the Botanical Collector
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The exhibition tells the story of a collaboration between amateur artist Gertrude Lovegrove (1859-1961) and botanical collector William Bäuerlen (1840-1917) to produce a multi-part publication The wild flowers of New South Wales. Part 1 was published in a small print run in January 1891 but no other parts followed.
In 2013 Sydney Living Museums acquired a collection of Lovegrove’s original watercolours for the publication and in the process uncovered a network of Shoalhaven connections between both the artist and the collector and the McKenzie and Thorburn families associated with SLM’s house museum Meroogal in Nowra.