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Issue Details: First known date: 2015 2015
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'This is the story of Celia Rosser, the internationally acclaimed botanical illustrator, who ultimately dedicated her life to painting the entire genus of Banksia, the only artist to have done such a thing. Celia's dedication to the task put her at the center of the Monash Banksia Project, underwritten by Monash University for 25 years and culminating in the production of an extraordinary three-volume florilegium that became one of the great books published in the 20th century. This is also the story of the emergence of an artist who grew up in difficult circumstances during the Great Depression and pursued her art partly as a way of protecting herself from the harsher side of life. The narrative stays focused on the path of the artist, as Celia grows up, develops her talent, and learns to understand and take advantage of it. The story follows her struggles to pursue her artistic passion while fulfilling the expectations of women in 1950s to subordinate themselves to their husbands as wives and mothers. In telling this story of Celia Rosser's unparalleled talent and extraordinary achievement, the book explores the history of botanical illustration, botany, academia, gardens and their herbarium, and Australia's place in changing the shape of the world.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Clayton, Murrumbeena - Oakleigh - Springvale area, Melbourne South East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Monash University Publishing , 2015 .
      2205283791279676010.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: xx, 241 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of platesp.
      Description: illus. (some col.), ports
      Note/s:
      • Published May 2015
      ISBN: 9781922235800

Works about this Work

Banksia Lady: Celia Rosser, Botanical Artist : Review Penny Olsen , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , vol. 47 no. 1 2016; (p. 171-173)

— Review of Banksia Lady : Celia Rosser, Botanical Artist Carolyn Landon 2015 single work biography
'I am always interested in the lives of successful women: we tend to do success differently from men and Celia Rosser is no exception. Even her biographer, Carolyn Landon, was initially underwhelmed by Rosser, a ‘small woman with a round smiling face’, deciding that she might warrant a brief biography in a book aimed at tourists. Yet, Landon came to see potential in the life story of the acclaimed botanical artist and even converted from a botanical illiterate to a budding botanical illustrator, banksia grower and friend of the Australian Garden at Cranbourne. ...'
[Review] Banksia Lady : Celia Rosser, Botanical Artist Catherine Bell , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , May vol. 40 no. 2 2016; (p. 244-245)

— Review of Banksia Lady : Celia Rosser, Botanical Artist Carolyn Landon 2015 single work biography
Banksia Rosserae Fiona Gruber , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 375 2015; (p. 71)

— Review of Banksia Lady : Celia Rosser, Botanical Artist Carolyn Landon 2015 single work biography
Banksia Rosserae Fiona Gruber , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 375 2015; (p. 71)

— Review of Banksia Lady : Celia Rosser, Botanical Artist Carolyn Landon 2015 single work biography
Banksia Lady: Celia Rosser, Botanical Artist : Review Penny Olsen , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , vol. 47 no. 1 2016; (p. 171-173)

— Review of Banksia Lady : Celia Rosser, Botanical Artist Carolyn Landon 2015 single work biography
'I am always interested in the lives of successful women: we tend to do success differently from men and Celia Rosser is no exception. Even her biographer, Carolyn Landon, was initially underwhelmed by Rosser, a ‘small woman with a round smiling face’, deciding that she might warrant a brief biography in a book aimed at tourists. Yet, Landon came to see potential in the life story of the acclaimed botanical artist and even converted from a botanical illiterate to a budding botanical illustrator, banksia grower and friend of the Australian Garden at Cranbourne. ...'
[Review] Banksia Lady : Celia Rosser, Botanical Artist Catherine Bell , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , May vol. 40 no. 2 2016; (p. 244-245)

— Review of Banksia Lady : Celia Rosser, Botanical Artist Carolyn Landon 2015 single work biography
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