Frederick Goodall England
3-22-1822 London, ENG - 7-29-1904 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Frederick Goodall first commission, for Isambard Brunel, was six watercolor paintings of the Rotherhithe Tunnel. Four of these were exhibited at the Royal Academy when Frederick was 16. His first oil The Corpse of a Miner won a Society of Arts silver medal. He then traveled to France, Belgium and Ireland painting paintings that were widely accepted as The Soldier's Dream and The Village Party (1847). In 1860, he made another trip to Italy, where he greatly enlarged the sphere of his ideals, producing true masterpieces such as The Dawn in the Desert and Mater Dolorosa.
He exhibited work at the Royal Academy 27 times between 1838 and 1859. He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1852.
Frederick Goodall visited Egypt in 1858 and again in 1870, both times traveling and camping with Bedouin tribesmen. In order to provide authentic detail to his paintings, Goodall brought back sheep and goats from Egypt. The Egyptian theme was prominent in his work, with 170 paintings being exhibited at the Royal Academy over 46 years.
Frederick Goodall's work received high praise and acclaim from critics and artists alike and he earned a fortune from his paintings. He had a home built at Grim's Dyke, Harrow Weald, where he would entertain elaborate guests such as the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII.
Frederick's brother, Edward Angelo Goodall was also a highly gifted artist who exhibited at the RA from 1846 to 1853. It was Edward who had the distressing task of arranging the sale of his brother's pictures and effects when he was declared bankrupt in 1902.
Art Movement: Orientalism
Traveled: Egypt, Italy, France, Belgium, Ireland