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Edward Angelo Goodall (1819-1908): An Artist's Travels in British Guiana and the Crimea

Michael St John-McAlister (notes)

Abstract

It is fair to say that Edward Angelo Goodall is one of Victorian Britain's lesser known artists. He hailed from a family of artists and had a relatively successful artistic career, exhibiting regularly. Yet he never seemed quite able to emerge from the shadows cast by a more successful brother who became a Royal Academician, and their celebrated father. In 2007 the British Library was presented with a small collection of Goodall's sketchbooks and letters, and a journal of an expedition in British Guiana.

This acquisition was not only important in its own right, including as it did a sketchbook from Goodall's time as a war artist during the Crimean War, but also added to some Goodall manuscripts already in the Library's collections, material to which parts of the new acquisition directly related. This article aims to use the new material, in conjunction with the previously-acquired Goodall manuscripts and related printed sources, to give as full account as possible of the life and work of this neglected artist.

The article shows that while Goodall did not have the same impact on the art world as some of his family he still left behind an important legacy, albeit in the perhaps unexpected sphere of ethnography.

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