• Artist
    Sarah Maund
  • Title
    Telopea speciosissima
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    engraving on paper, hand coloured
  • Dimensions
    12.7 x 16.1cm
  • Credit Details
    Collection: Art Gallery of Ballarat, Purchased with funds from the Joe White Bequest, 2010

Capturing Flora: A Passion for the Exotick

Friday, November 15, 2013 - Sunday, February 02, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New England Regional Art Museum
Admission: Free entry

This major exhibition from the Art Gallery of Ballarat examines the way in which Australia's amazing and diverse flora has been recorded, interpreted and popularized by botanical artists, in particular the period associated with the promotion of these new 'exotick' plants in Britain and Europe.

The European discovery of this continent took place during the Enlightenment, an era when time, effort and finances were put into voyages of exploration. The botanical art which recorded newly-discovered plants which were radically strange to European eyes was of extraordinarily high quality.

During the 19th century, the growing middle class, both in the colonies and the home country developed an insatiable interest in horticultural pursuits while scientific institutions were building up their knowledge of botanical resources. New printing techniques allowed prints to be coloured mechanically, resulting in a boom in botanical art which lasted into the 20th century.  

An Art Gallery of Ballarat exhibition

Touring Dates

Friday 15 November 2013 - Sunday 2 February 2014

New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)
106-114 Kentucky Street
Tel (02) 6772 5255

Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm
Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm

Closed Mondays


This exhibition is a touring version of Capturing Flora, the most comprehensive exhibition of Australia botanical art ever held in this country, which brought together over 300 images, the vast majority of which have been collected by the Art Gallery of Ballarat in recent years. It is accompanied by a major publication, the first comprehensive monograph to cover this 'territory' for over 10 years.