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Chichester from the Bishop's Garden

Albert Goodwin (1845-1932)


Signed and inscribed with title
Enclosed within an ink border

Watercolour and bodycolour

10 x 14 ½ inches

Matthew Biggar Walker;
Christie’s, London, 9 March 1928, lot 77,
‘The Collection of Matthew Biggar Walker’

'A collection of oil paintings, water colour drawings etc. By Albert Goodwin, RWS, RWA. Lent by M B Walker Esq.', City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1926, no 56;
'Chris Beetles Summer Show 2024', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, June-September 2024, no 45

Chichester Cathedral was originally consecrated in 1108 and evolved to its current form in 1400 when the spire, cloisters and bell tower were built. However in 1861 the tower and spire collapsed and Sir George Gilbert Scott oversaw the rebuilding. The cathedral was fully reopened five years later in 1866. The spire and tower in Goodwin’s painting were therefore completed only a few decades before this work. The Bishop’s Gardens, on the western end of the cathedral, were established as early as 1147-1148.

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