The business of nature: John Gould and Australia.

The business of nature: John Gould and Australia. Roslyn Russell.
The business of nature: John Gould and Australia.

Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2011. Quarto, colour illustrations, laminated boards.

The National Library of Australia has outstanding holdings of John Gould's works. In 1838, John Gould and his wife, Elizabeth, left behind their family and home in London to travel to the far-flung colony of Van Diemen's Land, from where Gould would travel around the mainland to observe the native fauna. Gould's artists Elizabeth foremost among them would depict these creatures in exquisite lithographs, accompanied by Gould's commentary. With all the acumen of a shrewd Victorian entrepreneur, Gould established a thriving business that took him into the world of the British aristocracy and the scientific elite. His is a tale of enduring love and of a man's unending ability to see beauty in nature, despite the greatest of life's tragedies.

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