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Gould (John) ornithological collection
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  • Contributing Institution: California State University Stanislaus Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: John Gould Ornithological collection
    Creator: Gould, John (1804 September 14-1881 February 3)
    source: Wagner, Jon
    Identifier/Call Number: GOULD.001.CaTurCSU
    Physical Description: 38 Sheets 38 hand-colored lithographs from 1862-1873, created by John Gould (1804-1881). Each print is sized at 14.5 by 21.5 inches. Proof plate lithographs with hand color 21 ½" x 14 ½"
    Date (inclusive): 1832-1837
    Date (inclusive): 1862-1873
    Material Specific Details: Prior to transfer to the archives, each individual lithograph was wrapped in mylar and acid free mat board. Processing of the materials was done by the archival team for the art dealer Walter Arader.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: 38 of 38 sheets

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Biographical / Historical

    John Gould (1804-1881) was an English ornithologist, naturalist, and illustrator. He is considered one of the most prolific and influential bird artists of the 19th century, and his works played a major role in the development of ornithology as a scientific discipline.
    Gould began his career as a taxidermist for the Zoological Society of London, where he developed an interest in bird specimens. He later produced a series of books on birds, including "The Birds of Europe" (1832-1837), "The Birds of Australia" (1840-1848), and "The Birds of Great Britain" (1862-1873).
    Gould's illustrations were highly detailed and accurate, and he often depicted birds in their natural habitats. He was also known for his skill in identifying new species, and he described and named many birds that were previously unknown to science.
    In addition to his work as an ornithologist and illustrator, Gould was also a collector of natural history specimens, and he amassed a large collection of birds, mammals, and insects from around the world. His collections formed the basis of the Natural History Museum in London, which was established in 1881, the year of his death.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection comprises 38 individual hand-colored proof-plate lithographs by John Gould (1804-1881). The lithographs are from the "Birds of Europe" and "The Birds of Great Britain," published by John Gould, and printed by Taylor and Francis, London. The lithographs from "Birds of Europe" were created between 1832-1837, and the lithographs from "Birds of Great Britain" were created between 1862-1873. Each print is sized at 21.5 by 14.5 inches.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Wagner, Jon