William Buelow Gould

1801 - Dec 11, 1853

William Buelow Gould was an English and Van Diemonian painter. He was transported to Australia as a convict in 1827, after which he would become one of the most important early artists in the colony, despite never really separating himself from his life of crime.
Gould's life in Van Diemen's Land was the subject of the award-winning historical fiction novel Gould's Book of Fish, written by Richard Flanagan, centring on Gould's production of the Sketchbook of fishes. In April 2011 Gould's original Sketchbook of fishes was recognised as a document of world significance by UNESCO.
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