Born: Norwich, Connecticut 1882
Died: Mamaroneck, New York 1935
Eastern illustrator of the outdoors, painter
Philip R. Goodwin was a student of the Rhode Island School of Design, the Howard Pyle School, and the Art Students League. His specialty was the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing. He is also listed among the artists who successfully depicted the ranch life of the cowboy.
Persimmon Hill Magazine has reproduced on its cover Goodwin’s 1910 When Things Are Quiet, noting that Goodwin’s cowboy paintings were influences by Charles Russell. Goodwin, one of the few New Yorkers Russell liked, visited Russell at the Lazy Kentucky ranch, and at the Bull Head Lodge. During the Depression, Goodwin’s saving bank failed, causing serious financial distress. The only important work he had was fun ads and calendar art. His friends felt his worries caused his early death. A few months after his death, Goodwin was rediscovered as an artist. In his estate, however, there were only a few landscapes and the small “comp” sketches prepared for commissions sought, his illustrations having been to order and held by the customers.
Resource: SAMUELS’ Encyclopedia of ARTISTS of THE AMERICAN WEST,
Peggy and Harold Samuels, 1985, Castle Publishing