John Gould and his wife Elizabeth Gould were prominent figures in the field of ornithology during the 19th century. Together, they made significant contributions to the study of birds through their meticulous illustrations and descriptions of various avian species.
John Gould, born on September 14, 1804, in England, began his career as a taxidermist, working at the Zoological Society of London. His talent for capturing the lifelike appearance of birds led him to pursue a career in ornithology. In 1830, he published his first major work, "A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains," which featured detailed illustrations of birds from India and Southeast Asia.
Elizabeth Gould, born Elizabeth Coxen on July 18, 1804, also in England, shared John's passion for natural history and artistic talent. She became John's collaborator and produced many of the initial sketches for their publications. Elizabeth's artistic abilities were highly regarded, more...
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