Albert Goodwin RWS (British, 1845–1932)

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Albert Goodwin RWS (British, 1845–1932)

Over the Horseshoe Fall, Niagara

Watercolour, Bodycolour and Pencil on Card

  • Signed and dated '1912' lower right.  Inscribed with the title and dated again lower left.
  • Provenance; Freeman Fine Arts Philadelphia, 14th June 2016, Lot 89.  Sold for $1,950.00 USD including buyer's premium.
  • Painting - 25cm x 34cm
  • Frame - 46cm x 54cm 


A superb example of the work of Albert Goodwin depicting view of the Niagara Falls with a rainbow.  The painting has a good provenance having been purchased by the previous private collector at auction in Philadelphia in 2016.  Signed and dated lower right.


In very fine condition as photographed.  Well framed and ready to hang.  Please note the glass has been removed for shipping.

Artist Information

Albert Goodwin RWS was a British landscapist specialising in watercolours. His work shows the influences of Turner and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.  Goodwin was born in Maidstone in Kent, the son of a builder and one of 9 children. After leaving school he became an apprentice draper. His exceptional artistic ability was recognised at an early age and he went on to study with the Pre-Raphaelite artists Arthur Hughes and Ford Madox Brown - the latter predicting that he would become "one of the greatest landscape painters of the age".

At the age of 15 his first painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy. He became an associate member of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) in 1876. He was championed by famed art critic John Ruskin who took him on a tour of Europe, where he made many sketches from nature which were later turned into watercolours. During his lifetime he traveled extensively throughout Britain and Europe, and visited many other countries including a trip to Canada in 1890 accompanied by his nephew and fellow artist Sidney Goodwin.

Goodwin was a prolific artist, producing over 800 works and continuing to paint well into his eighties. His wide variety of landscape subjects reflected his love of travel and show the influence of Turner, with whom he felt a strong affinity. In later works he developed experimental techniques such as using ink over water color to achieve atmospheric lighting effects. His works are also an important record of social history.