FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
John Gould FRS (14 September 1804 – 3 February 1881) was an English ornithologist and bird artist.
He published a number of monographs on birds, illustrated by plates that he produced with the
assistance of his wife, Elizabeth Gould, and several other artists including Edward Lear, Henry
Constantine Richter, Joseph Wolf and William Matthew Hart. He has been considered the father of
bird study in Australia and the Gould League in Australia is named after him. His identification of
the birds now nicknamed "Darwin's finches" played a role in the inception of Darwin's theory of
evolution by natural selection. Gould's work is referenced in Charles Darwin's book, "On the Origin
Title: "Platalea Leucorodia (Spoonbill)"
Portfolio: 'Birds of Great Britain', 1862-1873
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 750
Sheet size: 14.75" x 21.5"
Image size: 12.5" x 19.5"
Framed size: 23.5" x 30"