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The birdman's wife / Melissa Ashley
Bib ID 7251910
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Ashley, Melissa, 1973- author
 
Description South Melbourne, VIC : Affirm Press, 2016 
©2016 
389 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781925344998 (paperback)
Summary

Inspired by letters from Elizabeth found tucked inside her famous husbands research, The Birdmans Wife takes the form of an intimate memoir of a woman whose talent and adventurous spirit led her from the glittering salons of London to the wilds of Van Diemans land and New South Wales. Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before. But her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. This book at last gives voice to a passionate and adventurous spirit who was so much more than the woman behind the man. Elizabeth was a woman ahead of her time, juggling the demands of her artistic life with her roles as wife, lover, helpmate, and mother to an ever-growing brood of children. In a golden age of discovery, her artistry breathed wondrous life into countless exotic new species, including Charles Darwin's Galapagos finches. In this book, a naïve young girl who falls in love with an ambitious genius comes into her own as a woman, an artist and a bold adventurer who defies convention by embarking on a trailblazing expedition to the colonies to discover Australia's curious birdlife. This is an indelible portrait of an extraordinary woman overlooked by history until now.

Notes

Includes colour illustrations on endpapers.

Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before. But her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. The Birdman’s Wife at last gives voice to a passionate and adventurous spirit who was so much more than the woman behind the man. Elizabeth was a woman ahead of her time, juggling the demands of her artistic life with her roles as wife, lover, helpmate, and mother to an ever-growing brood of children. In a golden age of discovery, her artistry breathed wondrous life into countless exotic new species, including Charles Darwin’s Galapagos finches. In The Birdman’s Wife a naïve young girl who falls in love with an ambitious genius comes into her own as a woman, an artist and a bold adventurer who defies convention by embarking on a trailblazing expedition to the colonies to discover Australia’s ‘curious’ birdlife. An indelible portrait of an extraordinary woman overlooked by history - until now.

Subjects Gould, Elizabeth, 1804-1841 -- Fiction.  |  Gould, Elizabeth, 1804-1841 -- Marriage -- Fiction.  |  Gould, John, 1804-1881 -- Marriage -- Fiction.  |  Families -- Australia -- Fiction.  |  Ornithologists -- Australia -- Fiction.  |  Ornithological illustration -- Australia -- Fiction.  |  Australian fiction -- 21st century.  |  Families -- Fiction.  |  Ornithologists -- Fiction.  |  Ornithological illustration -- Fiction.  |  Australian fiction.  |  Australia -- Discovery and exploration -- Fiction.  |  Australian
Form/genre Historical fiction  |  Australian fiction  |  Biographical fiction  |  Biographical fiction.  |  Historical fiction.
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