Influenced by John Ruskin, J M W Turner, the Pre-Raphaelites and James McNeill Whistler, Albert Goodwin may be considered one of the great Victorian landscape painters. In 1872, he travelled with John Ruskin on an intensive tour of Italy and Switzerland. This set the pattern for many further and extensive travels in search of varied, and often exotic, landscapes. Goodwin visited Egypt (1876), India (1895), the West Indies and North America (1902, 1912) and New Zealand (1917). Sometimes these sites became settings for literary or biblical subjects, some developed on a large scale and painted in oil. Goodwin exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy (1860-1920) and the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours. He became an associate of the RWS in 1871 and a full member a decade later. In addition, he held eight solo shows at the Fine Art Society (1886-1907), three at Leggatt’s (1912- 22), two at the Rembrandt Gallery (1902, 1904), and others. Later in his career, he reworked and embellished many of his favourite watercolours, adding ink lines, surrounding them with borders, and assembling them in albums.
This 2007 softback exhibition catalogue for the Chris Beetles Gallery in London is in a very good, used condition. There are a few signs of shelf-wear and a few marks on the back cover. It is complete with an original loose-leaf pricelist for the exhibition. The catalogue is beautifully illustrated in full-colour throughout with over 120 examples of the artist's work.