Frederick Goodall was an English artist and painter, born in London in 1822 to a well known engraver named Edward Goodall. Very little is known about Mr. Goodall's childhood or his early years until he accepted his first commission for half a dozen water colour paintings of the Rotherhithe Tunnel from Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a wealthy British engineer, inventor, and industrialist.
Four of his original six colour oil paintings were displayed at a gallery when Goodall was at the young age of just sixteen. He won a prestigious silver medal from the British Society of Arts for his first oil painting, starting his career as an artist and launching the young Goodall into fame within the English art world.
Goodall continued to have his work displayed at the Royal Academy, holding almost thirty gallery events and showings of his artwork. The Royal Academy was so impressed that in 1852 he was elected to be an Associate of the Royal Academy. Frederick Goodall became incredibly wealthy from his painting career, and was consistently praised by both the public and private art critics as well.
Becoming tired of life in England, Goodall went abroad to seek more inspiration for his paintings. He found this in Egypt, where the landscape and people captivated him so much that he made several trips, one in 1858, and another twelve years later, in 1870. He even stayed with the Egyptian Bedouin Tribes people to gain a more authentic understanding of the African country. Egypt became a major theme in Goodall's work, and it remained an influence on him for the rest of his life. He exhibited over one hundred and seventy Egyptian themed works at the Royal Academy alone.
Goodall became famed as one of the greatest painters in the British Empire. He gained many wealthy patrons, not the least of whom was the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VII of England. He did not marry until his art career was very well established. In 1872 he married and started a family with a woman named Alice Tarry. His brother Edward Goodall was also a well known painter in his own right, and often exhibited paintings alongside his brother's at the Royal Academy.
Unfortunately due to a disastrous series of events, a large family, his advanced age and a mounting debt, Frederick Goodall was forced to declare himself bankrupt in 1902 and sell off most of his prized works. Goodall died in 1904 at the age of 82. He is best remembered for popularizing and perfecting the watercolour method of painting. A few of his most famous paintings include; The Finding of Moses and his Egyptian series of paintings. Goodall is also remembered for the hundreds of high quality watercolour paintings that he produced and he was invited to join the Royal Watercolour Society in recognition of his contributions.