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Victorian Orientalist Portrait Study Frederick Goodall RA
  • Victorian Orientalist Portrait Study Frederick Goodall RA
  • Victorian Orientalist Portrait Study Frederick Goodall RA
  • Victorian Orientalist Portrait Study Frederick Goodall RA
  • Victorian Orientalist Portrait Study Frederick Goodall RA

Victorian Orientalist Portrait Study Frederick Goodall RA

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£400.00


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An orientalist watercolour on paper portrait study by Frederick Goodall RA (1822-1904).

The watercolour depicts a bearded man in profile, most likely Arab, (as opposed to the fairer Turks or the darker Moors) with a blue and red cloak and white skull cap. The study was most likely made during Goodall’s first tour of Egypt in 1858, as the draughtsmanship and colouring shows some similarities to that of his travelling partner Carl Haag.

Though we cannot be certain, the countenance of the man is austere and martial, suggesting either a soldier or government official. In his Life and Memoirs, Goodall recalls a military parade at the 37th birthday of Said Pasha, where "twenty thousand troops had assembled including Bashi-Bazouks, Albanians and Circassians... I asked the General if I could get permission to sketch some of the troops. There upon Said Pasha ordered a superior officer, a second officer and a private of every regiment to stand in front of me, to enable me to make my sketches."

Frederick Goodall was an English painter of the Victorian era, whose orientalism found an outlet in his two trips to Egypt, in 1858 and later in 1870. His fascination for the East was supplemented by an interest in British history and genre scenes. He exhibited at the Royal Academy on numerous occasions and was made an associate member in 1852. He became a Royal Academician in 1863. He was fortunate enough to accumulate wealth and fame in his own lifetime, but was declared bankrupt in later life.

The condition of the portrait is good, though there are some areas of foxing. It has been laid on a larger piece of card. Areas of the study are annotated in pencil – the title at the bottom is illegible. The signature ‘F. Goodall’ can be seen beneath the right sleeve.

Size of Image: 20 x 10.5 (7¾ x 4¼”)
Size of Mount: 27.5 x 17.5cm

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