Julia Goodman

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Julia Goodman

Julia Goodman née Salaman (12 November 1812 – 31 December 1906) was a British portrait painter.

The daughter of Simeon Kensington Salaman (b.1789) and Alice Cowan, she was one of fourteen siblings and first studied painting under Robert Faulkner, himself a pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds. In 1836 she married London linen draper, Louis Goodman (1811–1876). Her sister, Kate was an accomplished miniature painter.

Julia Goodman was a student at Sass's Academy[1][2][3][4] in Bloomsbury and began her career by copying old masters and her works were much in demand. In 1835 she began exhibiting her original portraits at the Royal Academy and The Society of British Artists.[5][6] One of her earliest original works was a portrait of Mr. Gilbert Abbott à Beckett. Other sitters included the Earl of Westmorland (who founded the Royal Academy of Music), Sir George A. MacFarren, Sir John Erichsen, Lady Martins, David Woolf Marks, Vere Lady Isham, the Hon. Mrs. Le Poer Tench, Countess Waldegrave, Sir Henry Taylor, Joaquin Cuadras (shown at the Exhibition of the Society of Female Artists in London in 1864),[7] Colonel Thorpe of Guernsey, Colonel Thurburn, Charles Bertram, Miss Fanny Corbaux, Miss Beattie Kingston, Miss Kate Rorke, Dr. Van Oven, Dr. Francis Goldsmid, Henry Lemon, Rev. Dr. Lowy, Rev. Professor Marks, various members of the Mocatta family, Sir John Simon, and Charles Kensington Salaman. Other notable works that are documented are Abraham Soloman Esq. (Liverpool Society of Fine Arts, 1859), Sir F.L Goldsmid, Bart. (Liverpool Society of Fine Arts, 1861), The Belle of the Ball (Liverpool Society of Fine Arts, 1862), T. Solamon Esq. (Liverpool Institute of Fine Arts, 1863), and Flora (Liverpool Institute of Fine Arts, 1865).[8] The paintings Goodman exhibited at The Royal Academy are G.A.Beckett Esq. (1838), Miss Rosa Goodman (1841), Miss Minna Goodman (1842), Miss Fanny Corbaux (1844), B. Van Oven Esq. M.P.(1857), The Earl of Westmorland (1858), and Alice (1863).[9]

The portraits of George MacFarren and The Earl of Westmorland are in the collection of The Royal Academy of Music.

She is also known to have painted many other portraits of her family. Her final portrait was that of the Rev. Isidore Harris, which she painted at the age of 90. Julia Goodman herself estimated that she had painted more than one thousand portraits.[10]

Julia Goodman had seven children Edward(1836), Walter(1838), Constance(1841), Arthur(1842), Robert(1845), Alice(1848), and Miriam(1850). Miriam was a well-known pianist of her day and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music. Edward, a playwright and author of many novels and travel books, was on the editorial staff of The Daily Telegraph for almost forty years and was the chairman of the Savage Club committee. Walter was the acclaimed painter, illustrator and author.

She died on New Year's Eve 1906 and is buried at Golders Green Jewish Cemetery in London.


  1. ^ Cheletenham Chronicle January 5th 1907. Page 7
  2. ^ Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser January 11th 1907. Page 14
  3. ^ Aberdeen Journal January 2nd 1907. Page 4
  4. ^ Gloucester Citizen December 31st 1906. Page 4
  5. ^ Aberdeen Journal January 2nd 1907. Page 4
  6. ^ Jewish Chronicle January 4th 1907. Page 12
  7. ^ Jewish Chronicle March 18th 1864. Page 3
  8. ^ The Liverpool Academy and Other Exhibitions of Contemporary Art in Liverpool 1774 - 1867. Edward Morris & Emma Roberts. Liverpool University Press and National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (1998). Page 262.
  9. ^ The Royal Academy of Arts. A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and their work from its foundation in 1769 to 1904. Algernon Graves F.S.A.
  10. ^ Jewish Chronicle November 7th 1902. Page 13

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