C1935

British Mine, Broken Hill.

Artist:

J.C.Goodhart (1873 - 1952)

Wonderful aquatint from Goodharts series on the Broken Hill mines.

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Full Title:

British Mine, Broken Hill.

Date:

C1935

Artist:

J.C.Goodhart (1873 - 1952)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Original aquatint
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British Mine, Broken Hill. - Vintage Print from 1935

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dated:

1935

Description:

Wonderful aquatint from Goodharts series on the Broken Hill mines.

Biography:

Joseph Christian Goodhart (1875-1952)

Joseph Christian Goodhart was born in Adelaide.

Following the death of his father in 1887 and mother the following year, Goodhart was forced to curtail his secondary studies at St Peter’s College, Adelaide. The fourteen year old youth was employed by the John Martin department store where he worked as a window dresser, display artist and ticket writer. On 10 April 1900 J. C. Goodhart, draper of Port Pirie, married Alice Mary Humphris (1870 1955).  Soon after their marriage the couple moved to Broken Hill where Goodhart worked for the drapers Boan Brothers, carrying out similar duties to those he had performed at John Martin’s. By 1914 he had saved enough money to begin his own business, Goodhart’s Drapers in Argent Street, which flourished until 1938 when the property was sold to the chain store group Woolworths.

By this time J. C. Goodhart had left Broken Hill. In 1936 he had moved to Victor Harbour, South Australia, where he built a studio where he painted, etched, carved and modelled sculpture until his death on 16 April 1952. He briefly attended the Adelaide School of Design in 1890 and again in 1903. During the next two decades Goodhart spent his spare time painting, working both in oil and watercolour. It was not until the mid 1920s that he made his first etchings.

Goodhart’s earliest prints were of his immediate Broken Hill environment.  Success came quickly. The National Gallery of Victoria purchased the mining subject Klondyke Propty. Mine, from his 1926 exhibition, and two more prints in 1930. The Art Gallery of South Australia acquired The Poppet Head and Molle Street Bridge, Hobart in 1928; also in that year Goodhart was elected a member of the Australian Painters Etchers’ Society with whom he exhibited regularly until 1936. Goodhart’s position amongst Australian printmakers was assured when in 1928 Campbell Dodgson, Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum wrote informing him of his interest in a group of five prints, following which, in April 1929, two of his etchings The Poppet Head and Klondyke Propty. Mine were exhibited at the Paris Salon.

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