Oil on paper, pen and black ink, heightened with white
Inscribed and signed Canterbury/ The Ghosts of the Past/ Albert Goodwin
368 x 248 mm. (14 x 9 in.)
During the 1860s Goodwin studied with Arthur Hughes and Ford Madox Brown, the latter predicted Goodwin would become one of the greatest landscape painters of the age. Brown and Hughes influenced Goodwin in the principle of high finish, vivid colour and working directly from nature. In 1871 Goodwin worked for John Ruskin and accompanied him and Arthur Severn to Italy. Goodwin credited Ruskin with instilling in him a love of form and appreciation of the importance of drawing. Goodwin traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, India and North America.
Goodwin drew numerous views of Canterbury Cathedral, the majority are day time views1.
1.J.R. Goodyear, Albert Goodwin, 1845-1932, exhib.cat., Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour, 1986, 29 May-7 July, Bankside Gallery, London, no.60; Sothebys, Belgravia, 31 May 1977, lot 24; Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, August 8-September 19, 1981, Albert Goodwin, 1845-1932, no.43; Christies London, 6 March 1979, lot 58; With Priory Gallery, Chelentham (photo Witt Library); Christies London, 9 February 1982, lot 30.