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John Gould Collection

John Gould was a renowned British ornithologist and bird artist who made significant contributions to the field of natural history

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Carduelis spinus, Eurasian siskin

Carduelis spinus, Eurasian siskin
Plate 37 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 3 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Pharomachrus moccino, resplendent quetzal

Pharomachrus moccino, resplendent quetzal
Plate from John Goulds The Birds of New Guinea, (1875-1888). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Erythrura gouldiae, Gouldian finch

Erythrura gouldiae, Gouldian finch
Plate 89, hand coloured lithograph by John and Elizabeth Gould from John Goulds The Birds of Australia, Vol. 3, (1840-1848)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Creator: John Gould

Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Creator: John Gould
Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Male and female of the finch family, from " Birds of Britain" by John Gould. Published in " The Birds of Britain, by James Fisher. [Collins, London, 1942]

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Falco rusticolus, gyrfalcon

Falco rusticolus, gyrfalcon
Plate 13 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 1 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Aix galericulata, mandarin duck

Aix galericulata, mandarin duck
Plate 69 from John Goulds The Birds of Asia, Vol. 7, (1850-83). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Anser brachyrhynchus, pink-footed goose

Anser brachyrhynchus, pink-footed goose
Watercolour and ink by John Gould (c. 1865). An example of a prelliminary work by Gould in preparation for an illustration which would be published in one of his books

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Caprimulgus europaeus, European nightjar

Caprimulgus europaeus, European nightjar
Plate 1 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 2 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Nyctea scandiaca, snowy owl

Nyctea scandiaca, snowy owl
Plate 34 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 1 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Pharomacrus mocinno, resplendent quetzal

Pharomacrus mocinno, resplendent quetzal

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Ramphastos vitillenus, channel-billed toucan

Ramphastos vitillenus, channel-billed toucan

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Cacatua leadbeateri, Major Mitchells cockatoo

Cacatua leadbeateri, Major Mitchells cockatoo
Plate 2, hand coloured lihtograph by John and Elizabeth Gould from John Goulds The Birds of Australia, Vol. 5 (1840-1848)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Mergellus albellus, smew

Mergellus albellus, smew
Plate 37 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 5 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Gavia stellata, red-throated diver

Gavia stellata, red-throated diver
Plate 45 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 5 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Crex crex, corncrake

Crex crex, corncrake
Plate 87 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 4 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Phalacrocorax aristotelis, European shag

Phalacrocorax aristotelis, European shag
Plate 53 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 5 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Sterna albifrons, little tern

Sterna albifrons, little tern
Plate 73 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 5 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Passer domesticus, house sparrow

Passer domesticus, house sparrow
Plate 32 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 3 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Podiceps cristatus, great crested grebe

Podiceps cristatus, great crested grebe
Plate 38 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 5 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Motacilla flava thunbergi, yellow wagtail

Motacilla flava thunbergi, yellow wagtail
Plate 4 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 3 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Aegithalos caudatus, long-tailed tit

Aegithalos caudatus, long-tailed tit
Plate 28 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 2 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Cygnus columbianus, tundra swan

Cygnus columbianus, tundra swan
Plate 10 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 5 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Semioptera wallacei, standardwing

Semioptera wallacei, standardwing
Plate 52, hand coloured lithograph by John and Elizabeth Gould from John Goulds The Birds of Australia, Supplementary volume, (1840-1848)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Tringa ochropus, green sandpiper

Tringa ochropus, green sandpiper
Plate 56 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 4 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Loxia pytyopsittacus, parrot crossbill

Loxia pytyopsittacus, parrot crossbill
Plate 46 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 3 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Phalacrocorax carbo, great cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo, great cormorant
Plate 52 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 5 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Tringa glareola, wood sandpiper

Tringa glareola, wood sandpiper
Plate 57 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 4 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Booted racket-tail, Ocreatus underwoodii (Trochilus Spathura underwoodii)

Booted racket-tail, Ocreatus underwoodii (Trochilus Spathura underwoodii). Male in flight and female on plant tendril
FLO4647972 Booted racket-tail, Ocreatus underwoodii (Trochilus Spathura underwoodii). Male in flight and female on plant tendril. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Golden-tailed sapphire, Chrysuronia oenone. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Golden-tailed sapphire, Chrysuronia oenone. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L
FLO4647959 Golden-tailed sapphire, Chrysuronia oenone. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L. Martin's A General History of Humming-birds or the Trochilidae.; (add.info)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Shining sunbeam, Aglaeactis cupripennis (Agloeactis cupreipennis)

Shining sunbeam, Aglaeactis cupripennis (Agloeactis cupreipennis). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L
FLO4647921 Shining sunbeam, Aglaeactis cupripennis (Agloeactis cupreipennis). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L. Martin's A General History of Humming-birds or the Trochilidae.; (add.info)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Orange-throated sunangel, Heliangelus mavors. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Orange-throated sunangel, Heliangelus mavors. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L
FLO4647919 Orange-throated sunangel, Heliangelus mavors. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L. Martin's A General History of Humming-birds or the Trochilidae.; (add.info)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Purple-ear sparkling, Praxilla iolata (Petasophora iolata). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Purple-ear sparkling, Praxilla iolata (Petasophora iolata). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L
FLO4647857 Purple-ear sparkling, Praxilla iolata (Petasophora iolata). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L. Martin's A General History of Humming-birds or the Trochilidae.; (add.info)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Collared inca, Coeligena torquata (Bourcieria torquata). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Collared inca, Coeligena torquata (Bourcieria torquata). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L
FLO4647942 Collared inca, Coeligena torquata (Bourcieria torquata). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L. Martin's A General History of Humming-birds or the Trochilidae.; (add.info)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Bronze-tailed thornbill, Chalcostigma heteropogon (Ramphomicron heteropogon)

Bronze-tailed thornbill, Chalcostigma heteropogon (Ramphomicron heteropogon). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L
FLO4647892 Bronze-tailed thornbill, Chalcostigma heteropogon (Ramphomicron heteropogon). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Ecuadorian hillstar, Oreotrochilus chimborazo. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Ecuadorian hillstar, Oreotrochilus chimborazo. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L
FLO4647956 Ecuadorian hillstar, Oreotrochilus chimborazo. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L. Martin's A General History of Humming-birds or the Trochilidae.; (add.info)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Golden starfrontlet, Coeligena eos (Helianthea eos). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Golden starfrontlet, Coeligena eos (Helianthea eos). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L
FLO4647933 Golden starfrontlet, Coeligena eos (Helianthea eos). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L. Martin's A General History of Humming-birds or the Trochilidae.; (add.info)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Bearded helmetcrest, Oxypogon guerinii (Oxypogon lindeni). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Bearded helmetcrest, Oxypogon guerinii (Oxypogon lindeni). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L
FLO4647914 Bearded helmetcrest, Oxypogon guerinii (Oxypogon lindeni). Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L. Martin's A General History of Humming-birds or the Trochilidae.; (add.info)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Black-eared fairy, Heliothryx auritus. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Black-eared fairy, Heliothryx auritus. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L
FLO4647899 Black-eared fairy, Heliothryx auritus. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L. Martin's A General History of Humming-birds or the Trochilidae.; (add.info.: Black-eared fairy)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Grey-breasted sabrewing, Campylopterus largipennis obscurus. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Grey-breasted sabrewing, Campylopterus largipennis obscurus. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L
FLO4647911 Grey-breasted sabrewing, Campylopterus largipennis obscurus. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L. Martin's A General History of Humming-birds or the Trochilidae.; (add.info)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Green thorntail, Discosura conversii (Trochilus Gouldia conversi). Male and female in flight

Green thorntail, Discosura conversii (Trochilus Gouldia conversi). Male and female in flight
FLO4647890 Green thorntail, Discosura conversii (Trochilus Gouldia conversi). Male and female in flight. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Sword-billed hummingbird, Ensifera ensifera (Docimastes ensiferus). Male, female and young male

Sword-billed hummingbird, Ensifera ensifera (Docimastes ensiferus). Male, female and young male
FLO4647888 Sword-billed hummingbird, Ensifera ensifera (Docimastes ensiferus). Male, female and young male. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Copper-bellied puffleg, Eriocnemis cupreoventris (Trochilus Eriopus cupreiventris). Near threatened

Copper-bellied puffleg, Eriocnemis cupreoventris (Trochilus Eriopus cupreiventris). Near threatened
FLO4647881 Copper-bellied puffleg, Eriocnemis cupreoventris (Trochilus Eriopus cupreiventris). Near threatened. Handcoloured steel engraving from W.C.L

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: The Mooruk, in the Gardens of the Zoological Society, Regent's Park, 1858. Creator: Unknown

The Mooruk, in the Gardens of the Zoological Society, Regent's Park, 1858. Creator: Unknown
The Mooruk, in the Gardens of the Zoological Society, Regent's Park, 1858. The mooruk is a bird of the same order as the ostrich, rhea, emu, and cassowary; the wings are abortive, that is to say

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Plovers, 1856. Creator: Unknown

Plovers, 1856. Creator: Unknown
Plovers, 1856....the Lapwing or Peewit (Vanellus cristatus), one of our most attractive British birds, [is] very numerous in its favourite localities

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Hairy-nosed Wombat

Hairy-nosed Wombat

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Buphus Comatus, c. 1862-3 (hand-coloured lithographed plate)

Buphus Comatus, c. 1862-3 (hand-coloured lithographed plate)
985977 Buphus Comatus, c.1862-3 (hand-coloured lithographed plate) by Gould, John (1804-81) & Richter, Henry Constantine (1821-1902); Private Collection; (add.info.: Buphus Comatus)

Background imageJohn Gould Collection: Portrait of John Gould (1804-1881), Before 1875. Creator: Maull & Co

Portrait of John Gould (1804-1881), Before 1875. Creator: Maull & Co
Portrait of John Gould (1804-1881), Before 1875



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John Gould was a renowned British ornithologist and bird artist who made significant contributions to the field of natural history. Born in 1804, he dedicated his life to studying and illustrating various bird species from around the world. One of Gould's notable works includes his depiction of the majestic Falco rusticolus, also known as the gyrfalcon. His intricate illustrations captured the beauty and grace of this powerful raptor, showcasing its impressive hunting abilities. Gould's artistic talent extended beyond just birds of prey; he also depicted colorful waterfowl such as Aix galericulata, commonly known as the mandarin duck. With vibrant plumage and an elegant appearance, these ducks became one of Gould's favorite subjects to paint. Another stunning bird that caught Gould's attention was Pharomachrus moccino, better known as the resplendent quetzal. This magnificent creature with its long tail feathers adorned with iridescent green hues fascinated him so much that he created multiple artworks featuring this Central American gem. Not only did Gould focus on exotic species like Pharomacrus mocinno but also showcased native Australian birds like Erythrura gouldiae or Gouldian finch. These small finches painted in vivid colors were among Australia's most beautiful avian inhabitants. Gould didn't limit himself to painting living birds; he also illustrated Nyctea scandiaca, commonly referred to as snowy owl. His detailed artwork brought out every feather on these Arctic dwellers' bodies while capturing their enigmatic gaze perfectly. Apart from individual species illustrations, John Gould compiled comprehensive collections like "Goldfinches" (1863) which showcased various goldfinch species in meticulous detail. These collections solidified his reputation as a leading authority on avian artistry during his time.