Lunulated Wattle-bird - Prints & Drawings
John Gould, FRS
and Elizabeth Gould (née Coxen)
"Anthochaera lunulata" [Lunulated Wattle-bird]
Lithograph on paper, published in Birds of Australia, c. 1840-48.
This species is found in abundance in the Swan River region and elsewhere in Western Australia. The figures are of natural size: from text on accompanying page (not shown). This particular plate is one of the rarer Gould prints, especially in this condition.
Elizabeth was an artist working in lithography, and John was a taxonomist, taxidermist, and artist. The couple is known for collaborating on several illustrated texts. They travelled to Australila in the late 1830s, drawing and describing what they saw. After Elizabeth’s untimely death, John finished the work and published the 7-volume Birds of Australia, as well as a text on Australian mammals and another book devoted to kangaroos. He is consequently called the father of Australian ornithology.
John Gould is also notable for his work with Darwin. Gould’s work with the Galapagos finches forms a significant portion of part 3 of the Zoology of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle, which would become a famous component of Darwin’s early theory of evolution.
Paper: 21.5" h. x 14.25" w.