Athene? Strenua: Gould
Lithograph in original hand colour depicting the Powerful Owl with
a very unfortunate koala bear. Drawn and lithographed by J. Gould and
H. C. Richter and appeared in Gould's famous ornithological collection,
The Birds of Australia, published in London between 1840 and 1869.
Paper size 21 x 15 inches. Framed and glazed.
John Gould is perhaps the most respected and prolific of all the ornithological
artists. His passion for ornithology was coupled with great skill as an
artist and throughout his life (1804-1881) he travelled to every continent
in pursuit of this interest. The result was the production of nearly 3000
lithographs of birds from around the world grouped together in large folios
to designate their country of origin. Assisting him in this monumental
task were several other accomplished artists including Edward Lear, H.
Richter, Joseph Wolf, W. Hart and even his wife, Elizabeth Gould.
John Gould and his family travelled to Australia in 1838 and did not
return to England until 1840. During this time he gathered information
on a huge number of bird species that were native to this part of the
world, including over 300 that had hitherto been unrecorded.
Gould's birds remain some of the most decorative and sought after ornithological
studies ever produced.