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 Edward Goodall  (1794 - 1870)

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Lived/Active: England      Known for: steel engraving of paintings

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Edward Goodall was born near Leeds, Yorkshire. He was raised by a Quaker uncle and it is said that he had an unhappy childhood. He went to London in his early teens and began as an apprentice to a printer and learned the art of steel line engraving.  He became one of England's top steel line engravers and following a visit to the home of the  famous artist J.M.W. Turner in Queen Anne Street, Goodall was told he could engrave as many of the artist's pictures as he wanted.  

Goodall's fee for an engraving was around 700 guineas for a large plate that would take up to two years and in latter years, Goodall was one of only two engravers  exclusively used by Turner.  

Goodall  married in 1818 and took up residence in Camden Town. The following year they resided at 20 Arlington St. and in 1823 moved to 11 lower Pratt Place. In 1827 their address was Mornington Grove, and the house, Mornington Grove Cottage, was built by Edward.    

In his son Frederick's autobiography, it is said that all the great artists of the Victorian period frequented the house from time to time especially Turner and Stanfield.  Clarkson Stanfield R.A. (1793-1867) and his wife Rebecca, were neighbours and would often stop by and play their favourite card game, vingt et un,  in the evenings. 

In 1830, Goodall was commissioned to engrave a series of illustrations by Turner for a book of poems titled Italy by Samuel Rogers.  John Ruskin was quoted as saying "the loveliest engravings ever produced by the pure line". In 1837, Thomas Campbell's Poetical Works contained seventeen engravings of Turner illustrations by Edward Goodall. Goodall engraved a number of large plates after Turner including Oxford from North Hinksey (1841), Caligula's Palace and Bridge (1842) and a newer version (1859), Dido Building Carthage (1859), Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus (1859).

Edward Goodall died on Monday, 11 April 1870 at 148 Hampstead Rd. at the age of 75.   The Art-Journal described  him with the following words: "as that of one of the best artists of our school".  The Athenaeum stated "the famous engraver of so many of the finest plates of modern English productions".

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