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Possibly Archdeacon John Fisher, presented by the artist.
Anon. sale; Christie's, London, 18 June 1980, lot 42.
with Agnew's, London, circa, 1981.
THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE GEORGE GOYDER, C.B.E.
George Goyder (1908-1997) was the Managing Director of British International Paper Ltd from 1935-1971, as well as General Manager of the Newsprint Supply Company, during World War II and the period immediatedly thereafter (1940-47), responsibilities for which included the supply and rationing of newsprint to the British Press.
His many interests lead him into varying fields including involvement with The Geographical Magazine (1935-58), membership of the General Synod of the Church of England (1948-75) and Chairmanship of the Liberal Party Standing Committee on Industrial Partnership, and Governor of Mill Hill School (1943-69).
Despite his many commitments, Goyder also found time to write a number of publications including, The Future of Private Enterprise, 1951 and 1954, The Responsible Company, 1961, The People's Church, 1966, and The Responsible Worker, 1975. Among his many hobbies were music, collecting old books, and theology.
As a scholar and collector he worked with Sir Geoffrey Keynes to establish the Blake Trust. He also formed a library of first editions documenting the Reformation, the development and concept of Natural Law, and the theory of usury. In addition to forming a fine collection of watercolours he collected Bibles, antique furniture and model trains and was known to play the accordion.
Many of the watercolours in the collection were purchased from Agnew's where Goyder was an enthusiatic and regular visitor.
L. Parris, 'Some Recently Discovered Oil Sketches by John Constable', Burlington Magazine, CXXV, April 1983, p. 223, no. 15.
G. Reynolds, The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, Newhaven and London, 1984, p. 45, no. 20. 5, pl. 133.
London, Agnew's, 108th Annual Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings, 1981, no. 162.