John Gould (1841-1881)


One of the most prolific bird illustrators, John Gould, and his wife Elizabeth, drew and lithographed thousands of birds from around the world. While other bird illustrators gained fame through a folio of birds from one geographical region, the Goulds covered the globe. Indeed their publications covered 6 of the 7 continents, only excepting Antarctica. To say John Gould was prolific is a tremendous understatement. His work spans more than 10 major publications, 40 volumes, and nearly 3000 lithographic plates.

Gould employed master artists, such as Edward Lear, H.C. Richter, Wm. Hart and Joseph Wolf, to draw and transfer to stone lithographs the birds in his publications. His wife Elizabeth transferred many of his drawings to lithographic stones.

Birds of Europe, 1832-377

Birds of Great Britain, 1862-73

The Birds of Australia, 1837-38 (1st/partial); 1840-69 (full)

The Birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan Islands, 1875-88

A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains, 1830-32

A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America, 1844-50

A Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans, 1833-35

A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons, 1838-38

The Birds of Asia, 1850-83

A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming-birds, 1849-87

Monograph of the Pittidae, 1880