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Goodall, Walter (1830-1889) (DNB00)

GOODALL, WALTER (1830–1889), water-colour painter, born on 6 Nov. 1830, was youngest son of Edward Goodall [q. v.], the engraver, and brother of Frederick Goodall, R.A. He studied in the school of design at Somerset House and at the Royal Academy. In 1852 he exhibited three drawings at the Royal Academy. In 1853 he became an associate of the old Society of Painters in Water-colours, and continued to be a frequent exhibitor in Pall Mall from that date. In 1862 he became a full member of that society. His drawings were very much esteemed. He was a constant exhibitor at the Royal Manchester Institution and all the principal water-colour exhibitions. Some of his best work was shown at the exhibition of water-colour paintings at Manchester in 1861. His ‘Lottery Ticket’ was exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. Goodall usually painted small subject-pictures, such as ‘The Daydream,’ ‘The Cradle Song,’ ‘Waiting for the Ferry-boat,’ and ‘The Tired Lace-maker.’ A number of these were lithographed in a series entitled ‘Walter Goodall's Rustic Sketches.’ Goodall also made many drawings from pictures in the Vernon Gallery for engravings published in the ‘Art Journal.’ About fourteen years before his death he had a paralytic seizure, from which he never quite recovered, and during the last few years of his life was unable to practise his art. He died on 14 May 1889, in his fifty-ninth year, leaving a widow and three children.

[Athenæum, 1 June 1889; Manchester Guardian, 28 May 1889.]

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