(England, Australia 1882 – 1957)
15.7 x 26.9 cm platemark; 19.5 x 31.2 cm sheet
John Barclay Godson arrived in Australia in 1914, having studied etching at the Royal College of Art in London under Sir Frank Short. He was a founding member of the Australian Painter-Etchers' Society, exhibiting twelve prints in their inaugural exhibition in 1921, including 'Cobles at Staithes'.
Staithes is a seaside fishing village in north Yorkshire, where a distinctive fishing boat called a 'coble' was made. The town was also popular with artists around the turn of the twentieth century, with many visiting there to live and work. Godson continued to exhibit etchings through the 1920s and 30s, mostly of architectural and landscape subjects, including a number of waterside scenes.
from Anne Ryan, 'Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, Sydney 2007
Anne Ryan, Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 34 (colour illus.). cat.no. 45