Stephen Gooden

Oct 9, 1892 - Sep 21, 1955

Stephen Frederick Gooden CBE, RA, RE was an English artist, engraver and illustrator. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1933 and a Fellow of the Royal Academy in 1946. He was created a Commander of the British Empire in the 1942 Birthday Honours.
Gooden was the son of a picture dealer, Stephen Thomas Gooden, who joined Frederick W. Fox to create the company Gooden and Fox. S.F. Gooden was educated at Rugby School and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1909 to 1913. He served in the Royal Engineers during World War I.
Gooden was best known as an engraver, mostly on copper. His designs have been described as finely engraved, witty and inventive. He was associated with the Nonesuch Press in its early years for which he provided decorations and title pages, and he illustrated fine editions of the King James Bible and the odes of Anacreon. He designed banknotes for the Bank of England, but only one was issued, and for several other countries. He also designed and engraved many pictorial bookplates including designs for Queen Elizabeth II, Stephen Courtauld and several others.
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