In a period when still-life painting was rare in Australia, William Buelow Gould produced a significant body of flower subjects and related nature studies. Gould's conventionalised but highly proficient style confirms a background in applied arts. Though Gould did not undertake formal art training, he executed his oil paintings with a keenly accurate eye, delicacy and refinement.
Transported to Tasmania for theft in 1827, Gould worked variously in the new colony as a coach painter, scene painter and natural history illustrator, recording plants and fish for scientific purposes. His principal activity was in Launceston and Hobart, where he died an emancipated citizen in 1853.
oil on canvas
65.8 x 76.8 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., oil "W. B. Gould Painter 1849".
Referenced in 6 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 68 (colour illus.).
Kate Hart, Australian art pack: 1788-21st century still life, Box Hill, (2006), (colour illus.). card 1
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 105 (colour illus.).
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Purchases and Acquisitions for 1956 National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1956, 7. cat.no.7; titled 'Flower piece'
William Splatt and Barbara Burton, 100 masterpieces of Australian painting, Adelaide, 1973, 16, 17 (colour illus.). plate no. 5
Author Unknown, The Australian Artists Series Visitors Book, 1994.