FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "Susannah (Without the Elders)"
Medium: Original Oil Painting on Canvas
Framed size: 17.25" x 13.25"
Canvas size: 13.75" x 9.75"
Frederick Goodall was born in London in 1822, the second son of steel line engraver Edward Goodall (1795–1870). He received his
education at the Wellington Road Academy. Goodall's first commission, for Isambard Brunel, was six watercolour paintings of the
Thames Tunnel. Four of these were exhibited at the Royal Academy when Frederick was 16. His first oil won a Society of Arts silver
medal. He exhibited work at the Royal Academy 27 times between 1838 and 1859. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy
(ARA) in 1852 and a full Royal Academician (RA) in 1863.
Goodall visited Egypt twice; in 1858 and again in 1870, both times travelling and camping with Bedouin tribesmen. On his first visit
to Egypt, he shared a house and studio with artist, Carl Haag and the pair often sketched together, both in the streets and outside
Cairo, especially in the area around the Pyramids. On his second visit in 1870, he lived at Saqqara, near the Pyramids with the aim of
directly observing Bedouin lifestyles. After his return to England, Goodall painted many variations of the same Eastern themes. 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. 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, Grims Dyke, Harrow
Weald, (1870-2), designed by Norman Shaw, where he would entertain guests such as the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII).
Goodall married Anne Thomson (26 Dec 1822 - 11 Aug 1869), daughter of the engraver James Thomson, in 1846. Among their five
children were artists Frederick Trevelyan and Howard Goodall. Frederick Trevelyan was the more successful in a very short career,
dying following a pistol accident at the age of 24. Following the death of Anne, who is buried in Highgate Cemetery in 1869, Goodall
married artist Alice May Tarry in 1872. they had two children. Frederick Goodall's brother, Edward Angelo Goodall (1819–1908) was
also a highly gifted artist who exhibited at the RA from 1846 to 1853. A specialist in watercolours, he was invited to join the Royal
Watercolour Society in 1856 and exhibited 328 pictures at its exhibitions. 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. His other brother Walter Goodall, and sister
Eliza Goodall, were also artists. Although hugely wealthy at the height of his career, his income dwindled during his final years and
when he died in 1904 he was bankrupt. He was buried in a family vault on the western side of Highgate Cemetery.