John Strickland Goodall

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John Strickland Goodall RBA RI (7 June 1908 – 2 June 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 extent, Goodall became one of England's most beloved artists due to the subject matter of his works, the Victorian and Edwardian eras.[2]

"Victorians Abroad" watercolor


Goodall was born in Heacham in Norfolk on 7 June 1908, the son of 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)
  • Jacko (1976)
  • The Surprise Picnic (1977)
  • Lavinia's Cottage (1982)
  • Paddy Goes Travelling (1982)

General books[edit]

  • An Edwardian Summer (1976)
  • An Edwardian Christmas (1977)
  • The Story of an Village (1978)
  • An Edwardian Diary for 1979 (1978)
  • An Edwardian Season (1980)
  • Before the War 1908-1939 (1981)
  • Edwardian Entertainments (1982)
  • Above and Below Stairs (1983)
  • An Edwardian Holiday (1983)
  • Victorians Abroad (1983)
  • The Story of a Castle (1986)
  • The Story of a Main Street (1987)
  • The Story of a High Street (1987)
  • The Story of a Farm (1989)
  • The Story of the Seashore (1990)
  • Great Days of a Country House (1991)
  • John S. Goodall's Album (1994)


  1. ^ John Strickland Goodall: 1908–1966: Artist, Illustrator and Gentleman". Brown-Studies ( Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  2. ^ "John S Goodall | Victorians Abroad | Detail | Rosenstiel's". Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  3. ^ The Independent (newspaper) obituary, 6 June 1996
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