GOODALL, Thomas Frederick

1856 - 1944

Thomas Frederick Goodall was born at Anerley, Surrey on 28 September 1856 and baptised at St John, Battersea, Surrey on 16 November 1856, son of John Goodall (c1825-1881), a civil service clerk in education, and his wife Frances Anne née Davison (1830-30 December 1890), who married at Lambeth in 1853. In 1871, Thomas was 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 siblings, 16-year-old Martin and 11-month-old Arthur; they also had a 7-year-old daughter Lucy who, at the time, was absent from home. Thomas was a student at the Royal Academy, joining as a 'probationer' in July 1873 and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1879, Thomas also studied at City and Guilds of London Art School, under John Sparkes (1833-1907). In 1881, Thomas was 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'. Thomas 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 at Winterton, Norfolk and their four children, Mabel 17, Lucy 16, John 14 and Nora 11, born at various villages on the Norfolk Broads, he had spent at least ten years on a houseboat at South Walsham 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 the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists; Dudley Gallery; Grosvenor Gallery; Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Walker Art Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery; New English Art Club; Royal Society of British Artists and the New Gallery. 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. Thomas Frederick Goodall died at Winterhaven, Park Lane, Ramsden Heath, Billericay, Essex on 8 August 1944, aged 87.

P H Emmerson and T F Goodall

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Elms Road, Dulwich
1879 1429 'Does he mean it?'
1880 193 Homeward Bound
         516 On the Norfolk Coast
1882 442 Under the Blossom
1884 310 Autumn Spoils
         1634 Filling the Water-bottle
1886 465 Norfolk Peasants
1888 188 The last of the ebb: Great Yarmouth from Breydon Water
1889 515 The Mill on the Marsh
         768 When the Sun Sets and the Moon Rises
         1002 Summer Noon
1890 884 The Little Runaway
from The Homestead, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft
1899 556 Fishing Boats making the Harbour, Lowestoft
1900 356 When Winter has Passed
1901 63 Reedham Ferry in Winter

Works by This Artist