Elizabeth Gould (1804–1840) is best known as the lifelong assistant of her husband John Gould. Together the couple published a series of ornithological texts chronicling thousands of bird species. However, Elizabeth Gould was more than just the assistant to or wife of her husband. Elizabeth’s artistic contributions to ornithology have been chronically underrepresented, though she is responsible for some of the most important illustrations of birds ever published. During her lifetime, she designed and lithographed more than 650 natural history illustrations. This exhibition of more than thirty lithographs and books seeks to bring Elizabeth Gould to the forefront and acknowledge her life’s work and artistic contributions.
Ardath and Joel Rynning (posthumously)
Ileen and Jimmy Cheek
Nancy and Charlie Wagner
Tennessee Ornithological Society
Curated by Erin Wohletz.
Wohletz served as the Collections Graduate Research Assistant during the 2019-2020 academic year and developed this exhibition during their service to the museum. They received an MFA from UT’s School of Art in the spring of 2021.