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John Gould (1804-1881) was the most prolific artist and publisher of ornithological subjects of all time. In nineteenth century Europe his name was as well known as Audubon's was in North America. Unlike Audubon, whose life's work focused on one region, Gould travelled widely and employed other artists to help create his lavish hand-colored lithographic folios. Nearly 3,000 lithographs were created during the span of his long career.
In 1838, Gould leaves England for a 27-month trip to Australia in order to gather specimens.
The various plants and flowers often drawn in the background provide important botanical information as well, and are highly regarded as examples of nineteenth century English botanical art.
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