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    Sale 7635

    British Art on Paper

    10 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 54

    Frederick Goodall, R.A. (1822-1904)

    The Nubian coffee boy

    Price Realised  


    Frederick Goodall, R.A. (1822-1904)
    The Nubian coffee boy
    signed and dated 'F. Goodall/1863' (lower left)
    pencil and watercolour heightened with touches of white
    25¼ x 17¾ in. (64.2 x 45.2 cm.)

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    Son of the painter Edward Goodall (1794-1870), Frederick Goodall was taught by his father and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1838. His earliest subjects were rural genre scenes and landscapes, many derived from sketching trips made between 1838 and 1857 in Normandy, Brittany, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Venice. More significant to the present watercolour was his visit to Egypt from September 1858 to April 1859. He lived in the Coptic quarter of Cairo and made rapid sketches of the crowded streets. He also went on expeditions to Giza to draw the Nile, the Sphinx and Pyramids, and to Suez and across the Red Sea to the Wells of Moses at 'Uyûn Mûsa. In 1864 Goodall was elected to become a member of the Royal Academy. Much of the rest of his long career was devoted to painting similar scenes of Egyptian life.

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    John Edmondson.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from an Estate


    Isle of Wight, Ventnor, Loan Exhibition of Watercolour Drawings in
    aid of The National Hospital of Consumption
    , 1871, unnumbered.
    Blackburn, Corporation Art Gallery, Exhibition of Pictures, April 1920, no. 2.
    Burnley, Town Hall Art Gallery, Exhibition of Pictures, June - September, 1922, no. 35.