Bandicoots by Gould

John Gould (1804-1881)
Pig-footed Bandicoots (Chaeropus ecaudatus), c.1845.
Pencil and chalk, 322 x 475 mm.

John Gould’s (1804-1881) name is forever associated with his extraordinary publishing projects. Producing lavish books in the nineteenth century he helped to increase awareness of the amazing diversity of birds and mammals in Australia.

Using great skill as an artist and naturalist he was able to draw life-like images of animals based only on their skins. His drawings have provided a record of animals that are now sadly extinct.

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