GODDARD, John Bedloe

1838 - 1896

John Bedloe Goddard

Born at Tyneham House, Bridge Street, Christchurch, Hampshire on 13 November 1838, the eldest of the three artist sons of John Bryer Goddard (1811-1880) and his wife Eliza née Bedloe (1813-1881). He studied in his teens under George Fripp (1813-1896) of The Royal Water Colour Society and his forte was scenic painting in watercolours. At the age of 20 he joined HM British Consular Service and the following year a student interpreter at Hong Kong, being appointed third assistant at Tientsin in 1861 and promoted to Acting Vice Consul at Taku, north east China four years later. After his five-year tour in the Consular Service John married at Lymington in 1864, Emily, daughter of Edward Horatio Moore, a Lymington solicitor. Their first child, John Edward, was born at the British Settlement near Tientsin in 1866 and his second son, Frederick James, in the same place in 1867, but who lived for only two months, a third son, Harry Bryer, born the following year died from whooping cough at Christchurch, aged 17 months. Owing to poor health he retired early from the Consular Service and returned home in 1871. He had a further five daughters born at Lymington or Christchurch 1871-1880. His premature return from China marked the beginning of a decline in the family circumstances. During his time in Hong Kong and China he spent many hours capturing the scenery on canvas, on paper and in his sketchbooks. The first evidence of him exhibiting, at the age of 38, was at an exhibition by the Royal Society of British Artists in 1875 where he showed two paintings of Christchurch and exhibited 'Salmon Run, Christchurch' at the Bury & West Suffolk Fine Art Society in September 1882. Sometime towards the end of 1880 the family moved to Coddenham, Suffolk living with Frederic Gull, a surgeon, public vaccinator and district medical officer from Ipswich, the husband of Bessie (Elizabeth), John Bedloe’s sister–in-law. The house, called The Shrubbery, was painted by John Bedloe and the 1880s was his most prolific period. It was used as a base and the artist and his family travelled around the country while he painted, visiting Norfolk, Suffolk, the Wye Valley, Dorset and Cornwall. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1883-1895 who exhibited from The Shrubbery, Coddenham in 1881 amongst others ‘Near Mudeford, Hampshire’ and in 1883 had fifteen paintings on show, 11 oils including 'At Baylham on the Gipping' and 5 watercolours including those of Cornwall and of Hampshire and continued to exhibit regularly, two of his watercolours are held by Ipswich Museum. He continued to exhibit at the Royal Society of British Artists until 1893 including titles ‘The Priory Church, Christchurch, Hampshire’ and ‘Ruins of Norman House and Castle Keep, Hampshire’. His youngest son, Frederick Bedloe, was born at Coddenham in 1885 and his final offspring, at the age of 49, was Dorothy who was born at Christchurch in 1887. He exhibited at Christchurch and the RSBA and won first prize for the best watercolour at an exhibition held by the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society. He also taught privately and at Christchurch School of Art. His daughter Olive continued to live with the Gulls at 94 York Road, Ipswich. In 1890 John lends some seventy of his paintings to The Mutual Improvement Society's annual conversazione at Bournemouth for the visit of the Prince of Wales and Prince George. John Bedloe Goddard's last recorded recognised exhibitions were in 1893 at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours London Gallery and at the Royal Society of British Artists. He died at Stour Road, Christchurch in 1896, aged 57 and buried in Christchurch Cemetery. His estate effects were worth £115-6s-9d. During his life he produced many pictures, seventy six have been positively identified of which thirty nine are in the family, eight are owned by the Red House Museum, Christchurch and one by Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth. His wife Emily died in straitened circumstances at 65 St. Helen’s Gardens, North Kensington in 1915, aged 71.




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