Stephen Gooden (1892-1955) was an artist and engaver, mainly on copper. I have proofs of 29 of the 45 bookplates and book labels that he designed, which are shown below in chronological order. I have also created a list of his bookplates, with a link to an image of each plate, if I can find one.
Goodens' designs for bookplates issued before 1944 are reproduced in the book by Campbell Dodgson, The Iconography of the engravings of Stephen Gooden (Elkin Matthews, London). I know of no complete catalogue of his bookplate designs, but there may be one.
All bookplates shown below are in proportion to each other based on the dimensions of the plate if there is a plate mark, or the size of the image if there is no plate mark.
Update on 11/12/2021: image of the first plate for Antoinette Brett/Esher added.
Update on 4/3/2022: Added plates for Geoffrey Keynes, George Courtauld, The Lakeside Press Library, The Hertfordshire Art Society, The British Council, Elizabeth R, City of Liverpool Public Libraries with 'Presented by' plate, The National Archives Library, Derek Spence, Lord Fairhaven large plate, and Lord Fairhaven medium plate.
SG1: J.N. Hart
Signed: SG at base of right column
Plate size: 99 x 67 mm
Paper size: 193 x 149 mm
Notes: This is Gooden's first bookplate design, done for a man named John Napthali Hart (1881-1963). J.N. Hart was awarded a CBE in 1955 for political and public services in Enfield. He wrote books on growing roses.
SG5: S.L. Courtauld
Plate size: 110 x 83
Notes: This bookplate was for Sir Stephen Lewis Courtauld (1883-1967), a philanthropist.
SG7: Mona Gooden
Plate size: 50 x 63 mm
Paper size: 63 x 77 mm
Notes: Mona Steele Price (1894–1958) was a poet who married Stephen Gooden in 1925. She compiled a book of poems about cats called The Poet's Cat (1946), which Stephen Gooden illustrated. Stephen died aged 62 y at Chesham Bois of bowel cancer; she died three years later aged 64 y.
SG8: Geoffrey Keynes
Plate size: 49 x 78 mm
Paper size: 59 x 89 mm
Notes: Sir Geoffrey Keynes was a surgeon and long-time supporter and friend of Stephen Gooden. Keynes commissioned the bookplates for the Royal College of Surgeons (see below).
SG9: Dorothy Moulton Mayer
Plate size: 96 x 53 mm
Paper size: 153 x 95 mm
Notes: Lady Dorothy Moulton Mayer (1886-1974) was a contralto who, late in life, wrote biographies of Louis Spohr (Widenfeld & Nicholson, 1959), Louise of Savoy (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1966), Marie Antoinette (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1968) and (published posthumously) Angelica Kaufmann (Colin Smythe, 1978). In 1919 aged 33 y, she married Robert Mayer (1879-1985) a German musician and industrialist, who became a naturalised British citizen. Dorothy and Robert established concerts of classical music for children before the Second World War that proved very popular. They had two children, a son (b 1922) and a daughter. Dorothy died aged aged 88 y in 1974; Sir Robert married again aged 101 y and died aged 106 y. I found this bookplate in a limited edition of the Collected Poems of John Drinkwater (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1923), which he inscribed to Dorothy with lines of his verse.
SG13.1 & 13.2: Antoinette Brett/Esher
Plate size: 65 x 92
Paper size: 104 x 77 mm
Notes: Antoinette Heckscher (1884–1967) was an American who married Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett in 1912. When her husband's father died in 1930 he became the 3rd Viscount Esher so she changed the bookplate to give her new name. Lucky his name wasn't Northumberland or something long.
SG11: Harold Hartley
Signed: S. Gooden, lower left
Plate size: 87 x 87 mm
Paper size: not known
Notes: The bookplate is for Harold Thomas Hartley (1851-1943), a businessman and bibliophile.
I can find only one citation of the phrase 'The Pursuing Conscience' (other than this bookplate), it is from The Peer and the Blacksmith (1845) by Richard Beddingfield:
It is to fly the pursuing conscience that the wicked rush into sin.
This is one of the few plates by Stephen Gooden that he signed in the engraving. The description on the British Museum website says that is based on two heads after Simeon Solomon, and it is initialled and dated 'SS 1894' in the image.
SG15: Margaret Griselda Wedderburn
Plate size: 83 x 62 mm
Notes: Margaret Griselda Wedderburn (1888-1987) was married secondly to Bertine Entwistle Sutton, who also had a bookplate designed by Stephen Gooden. She had five children with her first husband, Stuart de la Rue, who died in 1927 aged 44y. Two of her sons, Christopher and Patrick, died within 5 months of each other in 1939, aged 23 and 18y, before the Second World War started.
SG16: George Courtauld
Plate size: 138 x 79 mm
Paper size: 160 x 100 mm
Notes: This bookplate is for George Courtauld V (1903-1980), great-great grandson of the founder of the company Courtaulds, a textile manufacturer, related to Stephen Courtauld (see SG5).
SG17: Imperial Defence College Library
Paper size: 127 x 62 mm
SG18: The Lakeside Press Library
Plate size: 83 x 79 mm
Paper size: 140 x 111 mm
Notes: The Lakeside Press was a publisher in Chicago, Illinois
SG19: John Raymond Danson
Plate size: 106 x 63 mm
Paper size: 118 x 75 mm
Notes: John Raymond Danson served in both World Wars and was a collector and benefactor.
SG21: Liverpool Medical Institution Library
Paper size: 129 x 84 mm
Plate size: trimmed
Notes: This bookplate was for Liverpool Medical Institution Library, which was founded in 1779.
The snake wound around a stick is the Rod of Asclepius, an ancient symbol of medicine believed to represent the means of removing the nematode worm Dracunculus medinensis through the small abscess, usually on the lower leg, through which the female worm releases its larvae into water. The worm needs to be removed slowly, otherwise it could break and cause inflammation, so it was wound around a small stick and every day more of the worm was pulled out. By the way, my first career was as a Parasitologist.
SG24.2: Royal Library Windsor Castle, medium design
Paper size: 177 x 133 mm
Plate size: 122 x 85 mm
Notes: This medium bookplate was first designed for King Edward VIII with a Royal cypher at the top, but he abdicated, so it was modified for King George VI. This version has no royal cypher, so is probably later.
SG25.2: Royal Library Windsor Castle, large design
Plate size: 173 x 110
Notes: This large bookplate was first designed for King George VI. This version lacks the initials G R, to the left and right of the crown, and the Roman numerals VI within the letter G to the left, which is reported by Dodgson to be the final version. However I suspect that this version is the seventh and final state, with no cipher.
SG26: William George Arthur, IVth Baron Harlech
Plate size: 131 x 105 mm
Notes: William George Arthur Ormsby-Gore (1885-1964) was a Conservative politician and Secretary of State for the Colonies between 1936 to 1938, the year he inherited his title and the year he commissioned Gooden to design a bookplate for him. At the top is part of the family crest, described as: a Dexter Arm embowed in armour proper holding in the hand a Man's Leg also in armour couped at the thigh.
The father of the first Lord Harlech was born William Gore in Ireland in 1779. In 1815 he married Mary Ormsby, an heiress, and added her family name to his to become Ormsby-Gore.
The bookplate is initialled 'SG' in the scroll, lower right. Click on it to see it in more detail.
SG27: Hertfordshire Art Society
Plate size: 137 x 84 mm
Paper size: 150 x 98 mm
Notes: This is an award label rather than a bookplate, but they were stuck inside the front of a book, so it goes here.
SG30: The British Council
Plate size: 125 x 100 mm
Notes: In 1934 the British Council for Relations with Other Countries was established to promote British culture abroad, a name that was shortened to British Council in 1936. In 1940 it was granted a Royal Charter, and in 1941 gained a coat of arms and this bookplate.
Is there a penis sticking out of the groin of the lion on the right or am I imagining it?.
SG31: Elizabeth R (large plate)
Plate size: 134 x 94 mm
Notes: This plate is for the books of Queen Elizabeth, the wife of King George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II.
SG35: City of Liverpool Public Libraries, large plate, with Presented by
Plate size: 161 x 91 mm
Notes: The main library in Liverpool is now called Liverpool Central Library. The Liver bird on the plate is represented as a Comorant with laver seaweed in its bill. The box to enter details about who the book was presented by has a separate plate mark.
Plate size: 138 x 92 mm
Paper size: 254 x 187 mm
Notes: This bookplate was for designed by Gooden for Princess Elizabeth in 1946, when she was 20 years old, so before she became Queen. My copy is a trial proof on a sheet of thick wove paper, which is often used by engravers to check their designs, about 355 x 190 mm. It is not listed in Dodgson (1944).
39.1: Central African Archives Library
Plate size: 138 x 83 mm
Paper size: 158 x 102 mm
Notes: The Central African Archives was established in 1946 by the Nyasaland and Northern Rhodesia Archives Ordinances. The Ordinances transformed the Southern Rhodesia Archives in to a Central African Archives to provide common archival services for Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Nyasaland (now Malawi). All the three territories were then under the colonial administration of Britain. The archive was established in Salisbury (now Harare). In 1958 the Central African Archives was renamed as the National Archives of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. In 1963 the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland was dissolved and this was followed by the independenceof Malawi in July 1964 followed by Zambia’s independence in October 1964. The white minority government of Rhodesia declared independence unilaterally in 1965 leading to a 15-year war until 1980, when Zimbabwe was created.
I suspect that Stephen Courtauld (see above) may have been instrumental in commissioning this bookplate. In 1951 he moved to Mutare in Southern Rhodesia where he lived for the rest of his life and where he was a notable philanthropist. I suspect that he had been to Rhodesia before he moved there.
39.2: The National Archives Library
Image size: 120 x 78 mm
Notes: This is only known from a reproduction, bought in the sale of John Deacon, son of a collector of Gooden's work and a collector himself. It has the same dimensions as the engraved plate of the Central African Archives and the same design except that the two shields are missing and the title shield at the top is shorter, as there are only four lines in the title, not five. I wonder if it was a trial or abandoned design, as the shield with pick axe and scrolls beneath are probably specific to the institution. Perhaps the plate was designed before the Central African Archive was a created, when it was known as the National Archives?
SG41: Derek Spence
Plate size: 84 x 84 mm
Paper size: 122 x 2226 mm
Notes: This proof of the bookplate is gummed.
This bookplate was for the Chairman of Peter Spence & Sons, industrial chemists and importers of alum. The Centaur is standing on a crystal of alum. A similar design of a female centaur on a crystal of alum, was used as a tailpiece in a book The Earliest Chemical Industry by Charles Singer published by the Folio Society in 1948 in two formats: numbers 1-100 were hand-bound in red morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, signed by the author and Derek Spence; and numbers 101-1100 were numbered and issued in red cloth.
I have a drawing by Gooden of a male Centaur on a crystal, which may be a trial design for this endpiece.
SG42: Royal College of Surgeons, large plate
Plate size: 117 x 89 mm
Paper size: 164 x 126 mm
Notes: The Royal College of Surgeons is a professional body that regulates surgery. The designs for this plate were presented to the RCS by Sir Geoffrey Keynes, who also had a bookplate designed for him in 1926 by Gooden.
SG43: Royal College of Surgeons, small plate
Plate size: 66 x 51 mm
Paper size: 92 x 77 mm
SG44.1: Urban Huttlestone Rogers Lord Fairhaven, large plate
Date: c 1954
Plate size: 108 x 95 mm
Paper size: 124 x 109 mm
Notes: This is the largest of three plates for the books of Urban Huttlestone Rogers Broughton, Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966).
SG44.2: Urban Huttlestone Rogers Lord Fairhaven, medium plate
Date: c 1954
Plate size: 97 x 65 mm
Paper size: 115 x 85 mm
Notes: This is the medium plate for the books of Urban Huttlestone Rogers Broughton, Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966).
SG44.3: Park Close, Englefield Green
Date: c 1954
Plate size: 65 x 92 mm
Paper size: 87 x 112 mm
Notes: This is the small plate for the books of Urban Huttlestone Rogers Broughton, Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966). The house Park Close is now called Windsor Court and is for sale at about £16 million.