Exhibit featuring John Gould’s ornithological illustrations opens Sept. 11

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

KU Libraries will host an opening reception for the “Ornithological Illustration in the Age of Darwin: The making of John Gould’s bird books” exhibit on the evening of Sept. 11th in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. William B. Ashworth, Jr., associate professor of history at University of Missouri-Kansas City, will present the keynote lecture, which will discuss the process of lithographic printing and the key role it played during the 19th century.

The exhibit, on display through Nov. 15th, highlights the illustration process of John Gould, a widely known and respected,19th-century English ornithologist, bird artist and publisher. Featured will be manuscript drawings, watercolors and other preliminary art by Gould and his artists, as well as the published books.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by Ashworth’s presentation at 6:15 p.m. Those who plan to attend should RSVP to Rachel Karwas at 785-864-8961 or rkarwas@ku.edu.

For those unable to visit the exhibit in person, the collection is available online. The digitization of the collection was made possible by an NEH grant—allowing KU Libraries to digitize, catalog and preserve the thousands of images. Read more about how Gould’s work arrived at the University of Kansas and digitization of the renowned collection.

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