This is William Buelow Gould

William Buelow Gould (1801 – 11 December 1853) was an English and Van Diemonian (Tasmanian) painter. He was transported to Australia as a convict in 1827, after which he would become one of the most important upfront artists in the colony, despite never truly separating himself from his energy of crime.

Gould’s liveliness in Van Diemen’s Land was the subject of the award-winning historical fiction novel Gould’s Book of Fish (2001), 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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