GOODALL, Thomas Frederick

1856 - 1944

Born at Anerley, Surrey on 28 September and baptised at St John, Battersea, Surrey on 16 November 1856, son of John Goodall, civil service clerk in education and an author, and his wife Frances Anne née Davison, who married at Lambeth in 1853. In 1871, a 14 year old student living at Rydal Cottage, Elm Road, Camberwell with his parents, 46 year old John and 40 year old Frances and two sibling, 16 year old Martin and 11 month old Arthur; they also had a 7 year old daughter Lucy who was absent from home. A student at the Royal Academy, joining as a 'probationer' in July 1873 and an RA student on 17 January 1874, at the age of 17, and exhibited fifteen paintings at the Royal Academy between 1879 and 1901. Thomas studied art under John Sparkes (1833-1907) at City & Guilds Art School, Lambeth and in 1881 a 24 year old artist painter still living with his parents in Elm Road. Using the name 'T.F. Goodall', perhaps, so as not to be confused with a contemporary artist, Frederick Goodall, R.A., was a landscape, coastal and rustic genre painter and a founder-member of the New English Art Club, in 1886, which broke away from the Royal Academy, in protest at its 'stuffiness. He married at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in 1886, Nancy Bessey (10 May 1860-1942) and moved to Waveney Terrace, Victoria Road, Carlton Colville, Suffolk where he was living in 1901 with his widowed father, his 38 year old wife Nancy, born Winterton, Norfolk and their four children, Mabel 17, Lucy 16, John 14 and Nora 11, born at various villages on the Norfolk Broads. He collaborated with photographer Peter Henry Emmerson (1856-1936) in the publication of 'Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads' (London 1886) and exhibited at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists, Dudley Gallery, Grosvenor Gallery, Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Liverpool Walker Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, New English Art Club, Royal Institute of British Painters, New Gallery and the Royal Academy 1879-1901, from Dulwich in 1880 and from Oulton Broad, Lowestoft in 1899. In 1911 he was living on the ‘Dulce Domum’ a yacht on Oulton Broad, Suffolk with his wife Nancy. In 1939 an artist landscape painter living at Drinkwater Park Lane, Chelmsford, Essex where Nancy died in 1942, aged 83 and Thomas followed in 1944, aged 87 [sic].

P H Emmerson and T F Goodall




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