Philip Russell Goodwin (1882-1935)
Lot 45 Details
Philip Russell Goodwin (1882-1935), American
THRILLING MOMENTS (ALSO CALLED “LUCK FOR TWO”), CIRCA 1930
Oil on canvas; signed lower left, titled “Thrilling Moments” to the stretcher in pencil and inscribed “Rolph Clark Stone Ltd” number “#501” verso
24" x 33" — 61 x 83.8 cm.
Ex. Coll. Rolph-Clark-Stone Ltd.,Toronto, ON, until 1969;
Acquired from the above by the present Prominent Private Collection, Canada, circa 1969;
Larry Len Peterson, Philip R. Goodwin America’s Sporting & Wildlife Artist, p. 83-4, 265-6, the published colour print, illustrated in colour, p. 277, fig. 4.18 as “Luck For Two” (Neil E. Snyder Collection); the watercolour sketch for “Thrilling Moments” illustrated on p. 342, Fig. 4.147 as ‘Untitled’ (Big Sky Collection, Larry and LeAnne Peterson)
For The Big Thrill, see Waddington’s Auctioneers & Appraisers, 14 June 2011, Lot 15
This painting was published as a colour print called “Luck for Two.” Goodwin supplied publishers with completed oil paintings after he executed detailed watercolour sketches of the theme for approval. In general, the works were horizontally composed to allow for proper alignment on illustrated calendars. When complete, Goodwin’s finished oil works were sent to the publisher and then assigned to a printer. Goodwin’s oil paintings were kept by these publishers in the event that they could be used for future advertising projects.
Goodwin, along with fellow artist and outdoors painting companion, Charles Russell, were under contract with Brown & Bigelow, the largest American calendar company based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Goodwin began his relationship with Brown & Bigelow in March of 1908. Both he and Charles Russell became amongst Brown & Bigelow’s most popular artists to publish.
Canoeing was one of Goodwin’s favourite pastimes; the artist could often be found paddling around Mamaroneck, New York. Likewise, canoeing was often the subject of the artist’s works. Waddington’s sold a similar work by Goodwin called The Big Thrill in June 2011. The Big Thrill likewise depicts two men, one dressed in the same red plaid shirt and the other man in the same vest, setting off in a birch bark canoe to track a moose traversing a lake.
Oil paintings by Goodwin are a rarity. Once used by a publisher, they were put into storage and sometimes forgotten or destroyed when companies moved or renovated. Thrilling Moments and the following two original paintings, lots 46 and 47, have never been on the market and have been buried in the present prominent Private Collection in Canada for nearly half a century.