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Philip Goodwin

Birth place or City of origin: Norwich
State of origin: CT
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Start/Birth date: 1882
Death/End date: 1935

Philip R. Goodwin is known for his paintings and illustrations of hunting, fishing, and cowboy scenes, especially scenes featuring firearms. Educated in the Rhode Island School of Design, Goodwin produced many notable pictures, using vivid colors and romanticized subject matter.

Influenced by Charles Russell, his pictures were published in Harper's Monthly and Weekly, Outing, Scribner's, and Everybody's magazines, in addition to calendar subjects for Brown and Bigelow, advertising for Winchester Arms and the Marlin Firearms Company. He also illustrated African Game Trails for Theodore Roosevelt and Call of the Wild by Jack London.

At seventeen he was a promising student of Howard Pyle at the Brandywine School at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and a classmate of N. C. Wyeth and Frank Schoonover. While still in his twenties, he became friends with Carl Rungius and Charles Russell, when all three artists maintained studios in close proximity in New York City. Thereafter, whenever possible, Goodwin spent his summers in the West. After Russell's death, Goodwin helped Nancy Russell assemble the book of her husband's letters, Good Medicine, which contains three of Russell's illustrations to Goodwin.

Sportsmen remember Philip Goodwin's large calendar prints, usually "predicament" paintings, which hung in mercantile establishments across the country during the twenties and thirties. There were also covers for Outdoor Life and Saturday Evening Post and advertising posters for Remington Arms and Winchester Arms. A very special painting, Horse and Rider, became the trademark of the Winchester Company.

Goodwin never married; his lifelong commitment was to the field of illustration.

For more information see: Philip R Goodwin: America's Sporting and Wildlife Artist by Larry Len Peterson; Dr. Brian Dipple (foreward), 2008


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