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 Walter G. Gould  (1829 - 1893)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania / Italy      Known for: portrait, genre often exotic, miniature

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Portrait and genre painter Walter Gould was born in 1829 in Philadelphia, where he studied with the famous portrait painter Thomas Sully, and with John Rubens Smith. Gould was a talented youth. He exhibited at the Philadelphia Artists' Fund Society when he was barely in his teens. He also later studied in Paris.

When he moved to Italy in 1849 as a young man, age twenty, Gould could not have known that he would live there for the rest of his life, dying forty-four years later in Florence in 1893.

With Italy as his home base, he traveled extensively, painting in the East. He painted portraits of English Ambassador Sir Strafford Canning and the Grand Vizier, Raschid Pasha while in Constantinople. Some earlier portraits include those of Louis Kossuth and his associates. Kossuth was the Governor of Hungary who was in prison in Asia Minor in 1851.

War, while obviously devastating to human life, is also often destructive to art. Gould had to deal with the loss, during the Civil War, of most of his early Virginia and Pennsylvania portraits. His portrait of Louis Kossuth may be seen in Philadelphia at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Walter Gould was a member of the Philadelphia Artists' Fund Society.

Source: Michael David Zellman, "300 Years of American Art"
Walter G. Gould was a portrait, miniature and genre painter. He was born in in 1829 in Philadelphia and died in 1893 in Florence, Italy. He studied with J. R. Smith and Thomas Sully. Gould painted many portraits in Fredericksburg and Philadelphia but these were destroyed during the Civil War. In 1849 he became an expatriate, settling in Florence, Italy for the rest of his life, except for visits to France and Turkey. In addition to his portraits, he was noted for his Middle Eastern genre scenes.

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