Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters
An exhibition from The Australian Museum

Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters
Honouring pioneering women in Science and Art

from The Australian Museum

1 to 30 September 2023

Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters is a touring exhibition produced and sponsored by the Australian Museum. It presents reproductions of the work of Harriet and Helena Scott, two extraordinary (19th artists and naturalists distinguished for their skilful scientific illustrations and strong understanding of biology. Born in Sydney in the early 1830s the sisters were trained by their father, an amateur entymologist. In 1846 the family moved to Ash Island in the Hunter River near Newcastle and here the sisters were able to focus on their interest in natural history and help illustrate their father’s book Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations. The sisters often worked from living specimens, which they collected and raised.

This exhibition provides an interactive app to explore their illustrations and is complemented by insect specimens lent by Macquarie University Biology Discovery Centre