Artists in the Collection

Stephen Frederick Gooden, C.B.E., R.A., R.E.

Born 1892, London, England
Died 1955, England

Stephen Frederick Gooden (1892-1955) was a printmaker and illustrator, credited with reviving the art of copper engraving in Britain in the 1920s, which he turned to after some years experience with lithography, wood engraving and etching. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, exhibited widely, but his main outlet was the printed page. He was one of the most accomplished line engraver of his time.
He illustrated a number of books, among them the Nonesuch Press Bible, the Rubaiyat, the Fables of La Fontaine, George Moore’s The Brook Kerith, and Aesop’s Fables.
In addition, he produced a notable series of bookplates, including a number for The Royal Family, and was the official designer to the Bank of England. Because his work invariably appeared in limited editions, which restricted the public’s access to his work, he is not as well known—particularly in America—as he deserves to be, but his work is unsurpassed.