Elizabeth Gould (1804 – 1841)
Elizabeth Gould (nee Coxen) was an artist and illustrator born 18 July 1804 in Ramsgate England. In 1829 she married John Gould, a naturalist and author. Her professional career began with ornithological drawings to supplement her husband’s letters to his colleagues.
Elizabeth and her family travelled to Australia in 1838 during which time she created hundreds of drawings. She produced more than 650 plates (designed, lithographed and painted) that appeared in many publications including Charles Darwin’s The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle and her husband’s biggest work The Birds of Australia.
Elizabeth died 15 August 1841 in England, leaving behind her husband and eight children.