Goodwin was a landscape painter who, in the course of a long career and a prolific output of paintings in water colour and oil, spans from the age of the Pre-Raphaelites and Ruskin through to the 1930s. As a young man he worked as an assistant to Ford Madox Brown and Arthur Hughes. In 1872 Ruskin took Goodwin and Arthur Severn to Italy with him so that they could make copies of buildings that Ruskin feared were threatened by restoration.
Goodwin showed pictures at the Royal Academy and water colours at the Water-Colour Society. As a young artist Goodwin was capable of objective realism in his paintings. In his later years he increasingly employed highly personal and experimental techniques, such as drawing in ink over water colour, to achieve the atmospheric feel and effects of fleeting light that characterise his greatest paintings. In the course of his long career he travelled very widely in Britain and throughout the world.
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