John Strickland Goodall

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John Strickland Goodall RBA RI (1908 – 1996) was a British author, watercolor painter and illustrator best known for his wordless picture adventures (one award-winning example being The Adventures of Paddy Pork), although his output has included more conventional pictures, and illustrations for a wide range of publications (including the Radio Times) and books by the "fictitious village schoolmistress Miss Read".[1] To a large part, Goodle became one of Englands beloved artists due to the subject matter of his works - Victorian and Edwardian periods.[2]

"Victorians Abroad" Watercolor


John was born in Heacham in Norfolk on 7 June 1908 the son of Prof Joseph Strickland Goodall an eminent cardiologist, and his wife, Amelia Hunt. He came from a long line of doctors. He attended Harrow School. His father permitted him to leave academia and instead train as an artist under two family friends: Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope and John Watson Nicol. From 1925 to 1929 he attended the Royal Academy of Arts.[3] He married Margaret Nicol in 1933.

During the Second World War he worked as a camouflage artist, based in India. He had his first public exhibition of paintings in the Government School of Art in Calcutta in 1943. After the war he settled in Tisbury where he shared an idyllic cottage with his wife. The house featured in many of his paintings.[4]

He died in Shaftesbury on 2 June 1996.

A self-portrait created during the Second World War is held by the National Portrait Gallery, London.[5]

Children's Books[edit]

  • The Adventures of Paddy Pork (1968) winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1969
  • Shrewbettina's Birthday (1971)
  • Creepy Castle (1975)
  • Naughty Nancy (1975)
  • The Surprise Picnic (1977)
  • Lavinia's Cottage (1982)
  • Paddy Goes Travelling (1982)

General Books[edit]

  • The Story of an English Village (1975)
  • An Edwardian Christmas (1977)
  • Above and Below Stairs (1983)
  • Great Days of a Country House (1991)


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