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Goff, Robert Charles

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Biography: Irish-born Colonel Robert Goff (1837–1922) was a landscape painter and etcher. He retired from the Coldstream Guards in 1878 to become a full-time artist and lived successively in London, Brighton and Florence. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1870 to 1890 and he is recognised as a significant figure in the British Etching Revival, led by James M. Whistler (1834–1903) and Francis Seymour Haden (1818–1910). Goff exhibited his prints regularly with the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1887. He donated a significant collection of his prints, and those of other leading fine art printmakers, to the British Museum in 1899. Following the example of Whistler, Goff was among the first artists to explore the artistic potential of lithography, which was then considered to be primarily a commercial process. Goff recorded his travels through Europe, Egypt and Japan in series of prints and watercolour paintings. His watercolours of Italian views were used to illustrate two publications 'Florence & some Tuscan cities' (1905) and 'Assisi of Saint Francis' (1908), both of which were written by his wife, Clarissa Hochepied Larpent Goff. There are collections of his etchings in Brighton Museum and the British Museum.

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