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Some engravings by Stephen Gooden

This page shows my small collection of Stephen Gooden's designs engraved on copper, which are shown below in chronological order. The bookplates I own are show on a separate page here.

The coding system I have used for his designs is shown on the catalogue page for his designs for bookplates, labels, coats-of-arms and devices.




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E7: The Magi


Date: 1926

Plate size: 59 x 135 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 7

States: three states

Proofs: unknown

Notes: This engraving is signed and dated 'STEPHEN GOODEN 1928' in the lower right margin and was used by Sir Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982) as his Christmas card in 1928 and again in 1947 (shown here). Keynes was an important patron of Gooden and as well as commissioning his own bookplate (B8), he commissioned Gooden to design two bookplates for the Royal College of Surgeons (B37, B38), the last that Gooden designed before his death.




E8: Robert Acres


Date: 1927

Plate size: 60 x 48 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 8

States: only state

Proofs: 12

Notes: This is a portrait engraved in zinc of Mona Gooden, the artist's wife, in fancy dress. Robert or 'Bob' Acres is a Quack Doctor in Sheridan's play, 'The Rivals'.

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E12: MR W.H.


Date: 1931

Plate size: 95 x 64 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944):128

States: two states

Proofs: 12

Notes: This is another egraved portrait of Mona Gooden, the artist's wife, in fancy dress. It was designed as a Frontispiece for an edition of Shakespeare's sonnets to be published in the USA, but has not been found in any book.

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I99: Cock and Key


Date: 1932

Plate size: 73 x 83 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 99

States: three states

Proofs: 15

Notes: This is the Headpiece to Chapter 3 of the book Perronik the Fool by George Moore (Harrap, 1933).

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E13: Boy and snail


Date: 1932

Plate size: 51 x 114 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 13

States: only state

Proofs: Unknown

Notes: This design was used on catalogues of Gooden's prints shown at the Ulysses Book Shop in London in 1932 and on the catalogue of an exhibition arranged by Bertram Rota, another book-dealer, in 1933. The number of proofs printed from the plate is not recorded in Dodgson (1944).

Thanks to MH, to whom I gave this proof.




L1: Hertfordshire Art Society


Date: 1938

Plate size: 137 x 84 mm

Paper size: 150 x 98 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 154

Proofs: unknown

Notes: This is an award label rather than a bookplate. The society held its first exhibition in 1889 at Hertford but seems to have died out during the Second World War.

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I120: The Three Kings


Date: 1939

Plate size: 113 x 89 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 120

States: only state

Proofs: unknown

Notes: This is an engraved frontispiece to The Gift of the Magi, a short story by O.Henry published by Harrap (1940) in a limited edition of 105 copies of which 100 were for sale. I have the copy of the book that Gooden gave to his mother at Christmas, 1939.

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I122: Mask, flute and grapes


Date: 1940

Plate size: 70 x 57 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 122

States: only state

Proofs: unknown

Notes: This is a vignette on a half title for The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by E. FitzGerald (Harrap, 1940) published in a limited edition of 125 copies.

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I121: Frontispiece


Date: 1940

Plate size: 151 x 100 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 121

States: only state

Proofs: unknown

Notes: This is an illustration for The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by E. FitzGerald (Harrap, 1940) published in a limited edition of 125 copies.

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I124: 'Lo! Some we loved . . . crept silently to rest'


Date: 1940

Plate size: 151 x 100 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 124

States: two states

Proofs: unknown

Notes: This is an illustration for The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by E. FitzGerald (Harrap, 1940) published in a limited edition of 125 copies.

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I125: 'Annihilation's waste'


Date: 1940

Plate size: 151 x 100 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 125

States: two states

Proofs: unknown

Notes: This is an illustration for The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by E. FitzGerald (Harrap, 1940) published in a limited edition of 125 copies.

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E20: Cock


Date: 1940

Plate size: 127 x 89 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 20

States: only state

Proofs: unknown

Notes: This was intended for a headpiece of the book Omar Khayyam but was not used. Another version with a landscape aspect ratio and a cock plus two stalks of wheat was designed and used for a headpiece on page 13 (CD, 123).

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E23: Old Whisk


Date: 1940

Plate size: 60 x 86 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 23

Proofs: unknown

Notes: This was not published or issued in any known edition. The proof shown was given to friends. He has signed it 'Stephen Gooden A.R.A.', as an Associate of the Royal Academy. He was elected an Associate on 27th April 1937 and made a full Academician on 25th April 1946.

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A1: The British Council


Date: 1941

Plate size: 125 x 100 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 181

Proofs: unknown

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 the council commissioned this design from Stephen Gooden.

Am I imagining it or is there a penis sticking out of the groin of the lion on the right?. Click on the image to enlarge it.

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E24: Triton


Date: 1941

Plate size: 175 x 125 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 24

Proofs: unknown

Notes: This is a good example of both Stephen Gooden's skill as an engraver and his wonderful imagination.

This engraving is reproduced at 70% of the size of the other engravings here.

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E25: Cupid


Date: 1941

Plate size: 95 x 62 mm

Campbell Dodgson (1944): 182

Proofs: 12

Notes: This engraving was used by Stephen Gooden as a Christmas card. I have a proof pasted onto blue paper which he gave to his mother at Christmas in 1941.

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A2: Institution of Mechanical Engineers


Date: 1947

Plate size: 175 x 125 mm

Paper size: 278 x 298 mm

State: 1 of 2

Campbell Dodgson (1944): after 1944

Notes: This is the coat of arms of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, granted in 1939. It shows: a horse chained to a globe, signifying controlled power dominating the world; a coronet around the horse’s neck, signifying a chartered body; Archimedes, to the left of the shield, symbolising science; Vulcan, to the right of the shield, symbolising craftsmanship; the callipers on the shield, signify the act of measurement and the accuracy of workmanship; and the word ‘Progress’ beneath the shield has been used by the Institution at different times since it was founded. It may have been designed for the History of the Institution, published in 1947 to mark its centenary.

This is the first state of the design. In the second state both feet of the horse are on the globe, presumably better to indicate controlled power.

The first state of this engraving was submitted by Gooden to the Royal Academy as his Diploma Work.

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