(England, Australia 1898 – 1980)
17.9 x 30.6 cm platemark; 25.5 x 36.8 cm sheet
John Goodchild studied art at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts under Fred C Britten, an etcher, in 1920. Over the next decade he studied and worked in England and Australia, making his first etchings in London in 1921, where he studied engraving at the Central School of Arts and Crafts.
Goodchild tended to work mostly in his studio from drawings although later he sometimes worked directly onto his plates in the presence of his subject. His most concentrated period of etching was in Australia between 1922 and 1925, when he made at least fifty prints of landscape and architectural subjects in Adelaide and Sydney.
Returning to London in 1926 Goodchild taught at the Central School while continuing his studies in printmaking, including
lithography and engraving.
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, 30, 30 (colour illus.). cat.no. 39