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Bird Woman:Curator's floor talk@Allport Library and Museum

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91 Murray Street

Hobart, TAS 7000

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Ruth Mollison: Curator's floor talk : Bird Woman: Elizabeth Gould and the Birds of Australia Exhibition

Ruth Mollison: Curator's floor talk : Bird Woman: Elizabeth Gould and the Birds of Australia Exhibition

This is an exhibition featuring nineteenth century prints of Tasmania’s native birds.It has been inspired by the book The Birdman’s Wife, written by Melissa Ashley and reveals the fascinating story of the artist behind the prints, Elizabeth Gould.

John Gould (‘The Birdman’), recorded Australia’s bird species in a series of folio volumes called The Birds of Australia. His wife Elizabeth Gould was an accomplished artist and worked alongside her husband to create these beautiful books.

Elizabeth’s role in the production of Gould’s books has been understated and overlooked. She was a skilled lithographer, and completed a large number of prints before her death in 1841. It is clear that she had a major part in the design of The Birds of Australia, but she was acknowledged in only 84 of the 600 illustrations.

In Victorian England it was not quite proper for well-bred women to work, so Elizabeth’s artistic endeavours were hidden within the family home and business. Her death at the tragically young age of 37 also obscured her role in the creation of The Birds of Australia.

The exhibition is in the gallery and library of the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts located on the ground floor of Hobart LINC at 91 Murray Street, Hobart.

Exhibition Dates: 8th of August 2017 to the 27th January 2018

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