(England, Australia 08 Nov 1803–11 Dec 1853)
65.8 x 76.8cm
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.
Australian art pack: 1788-21st century still life (2006), (2006), (colour illus.). card 1
Author Unknown (Author), The Australian Artists Series Visitors Book, 1994.
Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Domain, 1972, 68 (colour illus.).
William Splatt (Author), Barbara Burton (Author), 100 masterpieces of Australian painting, Adelaide, 1973, 16, 17 (colour illus.). plate no. 5
Bruce James (Australia) (Author), Edmund Capon (England; Australia, b.1940) (Director), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Domain, 1999, 105 (colour illus.).
National Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia, estab. 1874), Purchases and Acquisitions for 1956 National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1956, 7. cat.no.7; titled 'Flower piece'