The Goodall Family Of Artists



F. Trevelyan Goodall  1848-1871


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Paintings exhibited at the Royal Academy. Click on thumbnail.




Please click on Selected Images below to see a few of his paintings. 



Portrait of a young woman reading a letter. 1869



Trev Goodall was the first child born to Frederick Goodall and his wife Anne.   He was educated at University College School from 1859 to 1864 and was a student of the Royal Academy beginning in 1865.  While there he was awarded two medals - the silver in 1866 and the gold in 1867 and exhibited each year from 1868 to 1871.  In 1869 he won the gold medal from the Academy for "The Return of Ulysses."

Founded in 1872 by the Subscribers to the Fund for establishing a Memorial to Trevelyan Goodall, a former pupil of University College School, the Trevelyan Art Scholarship is still being awarded today.


In 1869 Trev was commissioned to paint the portraits of the Arthur Sparrow family with those of their daughters Ruth and Edith exhibited in that year.

On the 12th of April, 1871, Trev died accidentally from a gunshot wound while on Capri.   Before he died he expressed the wish that his painting "The Return of Ulysses" go to Edith Sparrow, Arthur's daughter.  Edith in turn bequeathed it to her nephew, Alan Hanbury-Sparrow who in turn donated it to the art gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. 

The following is from the London Times, April 20, 1871:

"It is with great sorrow that I report the death of Mr. Trevelyan Goodall, on Tuesday night, in the island of Capri, under the most painful circumstances.   After having passed some weeks in careful study at Pompeii, the deceased and his brother Howard, sons of Mr. Goodall, the Royal Academician, went to Capri, which from its beauty offers great attractions to the artist.  There they were awaiting the arrival of their father, who was in Cairo, and who is now expected in Naples on the 19th or 20th inst.  A few days since the two brothers, who were affectionately attached, joined a party of friends in a visit to one of the most romantic spots of the island.  Both the young men were fond of pistol shooting and, after a slight refreshment, Howard took out his pistol to show it to the party who were seated on the rocks, when, from some misunderstanding as to its state, it went off and the ball passed through the body of the brother, Mr. Trevelyan Goodall.  The details of the harrowing scene which followed   I omit; it is only necessary to say that the poor fellow, followed by his friends, was taken to his hotel, where the utmost kindness and sympathy were lavished upon him by his sorrowing countrymen, and the best surgical attendance that Naples could provide was sent for, but all in vain.  On Tuesday morning some hope was entertained of his recovery, but, inflammation setting in, he died late on Tuesday night.  The deceased was only 23 years of age, the surviving brother only 21, both of them young men of great promise.  This sad event has awakened great sympathy among the English now in Naples, and has filled with deep sorrow those of their countrymen who were around the deceased, among whom were two clergymen, who were unremitting in their kind attention. "

 Trevelyan died at the beginning of what could have been a highly successful career as an artist and was considered one the rising young men of the day.  Critics said that he was destined to become one of England's great portrait artists.

He is buried in the old Protestant Cemetery, Naples.

The following is taken from the diary of artist Keeley Halswelle (1831-1891)


Apr. 20. I was quite shocked today with the news that Trevy [Trevelyan] , the eldest son of Frederick Goodall, had been accidentally shot by his brother [Howard] at Capri. It will be a dreadful blow to his father who is in Egypt. Trevy was a most promising young artist, and a fine young fellow in every way. I lately went to spend a day with them at Harrow Weald and planted a tree in the grounds a few days after. I saw them all off from Victoria station -the father for Egypt, Alma Tadema, who was of the party for Belgium, and the boys for Capri.

The above excerpt is courtesy of Michael Stewart at